Yesterday, President Obama announced a bold initiative that has the potential to transform stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. The president will deliver his budget to Congress soon. He announced that this budget proposal will include funding for a significant “space race-style” initiative to map the human brain.
During his remarks, President Obama said:
As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study
particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of
the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears. So, as a result, we’re still unable to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s or autism, or fully reverse the effects of a stroke.
National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. There is no better way to do that than to provide the researchers, scientists, healthcare professionals and others who work in the area of stroke research with a map of the human brain. While the president has added this initiative to his budget, Congress must still weigh in. The Stroke Advocacy Network will be following this issue and will provide you with easy ways to support the BRAIN Initiative as it’s debated in Congress. If you’re not already a member, join the network today and help ensure that this transformative research initiative becomes a reality!