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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Isakson, Murphy Applaud Committee Passage of Neurological Research Bill

Call passage important step toward meaningful understanding, treatment of neurological diseases afflicting millions of Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today applauded the committee’s passage of bipartisan legislation they introduced to advance research for neurological diseases, which afflict millions of Americans.

 The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act, S.849, allows CDC, through the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to collect information on the incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases to facilitate research and improve public health. This data will include the natural history, prevention, detection, and treatments in order to foster biomedical research to develop cures for these devastating diseases.

 “Modern medicine has allowed us to make great advances through the basic collection of data,” said Isakson. “This legislation will put into place a national database that researchers can access to develop a better grasp of the many factors that must be taken into account to understand neurological diseases and hopefully move toward cures.”

 “Neurological diseases like MS and Parkinson’s afflict tens of thousands each year and can change families forever,” said Murphy. “Anyone who has seen a loved one struggle with these diseases knows that we must do more. Creating a national system to track these horrific diseases will help researchers better understand the root causes of the diseases. The bipartisan members of the HELP Committee came together to pass our Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act. We should vote on this bill immediately to bring us one step closer to better treatment options and a cure for neurological diseases.”

 The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

 Research and nonprofit groups, including the Parkinson’s Action Network, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Tourette Association of America, have announced their support of the legislation.

 Isakson announced in June 2015 that he is one of more than one million people in the United States living with Parkinson's disease.