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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Calls for Greater Investment in Stroke and TBI Research and Prevention

May 31, 2017
Press Release

Beatty Calls for Greater Investment in Stroke and TBI Research and Prevention

Leads call to provide nearly $1.8 billion in federal funds to National Institute of Neurological Disorders

WASHINGTON, DC – As Stroke Month comes to a close, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is leading an effort urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education to provide $1,800,000,000 in funding for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS).

Housed in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NINDS supports groundbreaking research to improve the understanding of the nervous system and harness that knowledge to reduce the effects of neurological disorders, such as stroke and TBI. Stroke affects 800,000 Americans annually, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for 2.5 million emergency visits, hospitalizations or deaths each year,

“As a stroke survivor, I know the importance of groundbreaking treatments for stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological disorders, and the need for greater federal funds to improve research and pursue other important advancements.” Beatty said. “Funding the cutting-edge work and research being done by NINDS is critical and will go a long way toward helping the many servicemembers, stroke survivors and countless Americans affected by stroke or TBI.”

Currently, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults, while stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and disproportionately affects communities of color. Hundreds of neurological disorders, common and rare—including stroke and TBI—present formidable challenges to medicine that are compounded by the complexity of the brain. Federal investment is needed to support NINDS research, train investigators in the basic and clinical neurosciences, and seek better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders.

In addition to spearheading the Appropriations letter, Beatty recently reintroduced the bipartisan piece of legislation, the Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2017, H.R. 2360. The bill would create a comprehensive research program within the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the treatment, surveillance and prevention of concussion injuries.