Schaffer teams with Rep. Tonko to lobby for additional BRAIN Initiative funding
Chris Schaffer, professor of Biomedical Engineering, was in New York’s Capital Region on Aug. 18 to advocate for more federal funding of the BRAIN Initiative – a scientific endeavor to learn more about the human brain, including poorly understood diseases and disorders that affect it.
Schaffer was part of a public forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, who also touted his support for funding the research. The House has approved a bill to fund the BRAIN Initiative at $95 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, but Tonko advocated for $40 million more to bring it up to the level of Senate-approved funding, according to the Albany-Times Union.
Panelists, as well as audience members, talked about how a lack of understanding of the brain has blocked the advancement of treatments for a variety of conditions, including Parkinson's disease and psychiatric disorders, according to reporter Claire Hughes.
You can read more about the forum here: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Tonko-panelists-tout-need-for-research-into-6451973.php