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Society For Brain Mapping And Therapeutics Endorse President Obama's Support For Human Brain Mapping Research; Nominating Him For Prestigious Pioneer In Healthcare Policy Award

"When we are talking about space technology to map the human brain we are not talking about science fiction or a fantasy land. We are talking about technologies, which are already available and could revolutionize the healthcare industry by reducing cost and morbidity, increase efficiency while creating jobs through biotech spinoffs. Our members have done this in last 10 years with amazing results but we need more private and government partnership and investments in this area, which could save the country billions of dollars in the future," said Babak Kateb. He continues, "We have significantly advanced the introduction of new clinical trials for patients with Alzheimer's disease, and worked closely with the US military in order to rapidly find solutions for our beloved wounded warriors who are suffering from devastating neurological disorders. We also need to form a National Data Repository for Neuroscience, which could track progress and help the agencies and scientists be more efficient while eliminating duplications.

The Society has been always supportive of sound bipartisan healthcare policies, which could reduce the cost of healthcare and increase the efficiency of healthcare delivery while creating jobs in the US through spinoffs. Therefore, in last 10 years, SBMT has presented numerous key policymakers with prestigious "Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Awards." Among the past recipients are former Governor Schwarzenegger (R) for his role in California Stem cell initiatives, and the honorable Senator Ted Kennedy (D) for his remarkable leadership in the healthcare policy arena. This year the Society has nominated the Honorable President Obama, the Honorable Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-chair of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus), the Honorable Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Co-chairwoman of Congressional Neuroscience Caucus) and Congressman Jim Moran (D-the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district) for their significant roles in advancing neuroscience research and improving healthcare for both wounded warriors and the civilians in the US. 

"We are truly impressed by remarkable work of these nominees, which has been translated into life saving modalities for many patients who are suffering from neurological disorders. We look forward to work with all of them in order to make sure our compatriots (military and Civilians) will have access to the best state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments in the near future," said Ret. Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, Former Surgeon General of the US Navy, member of the board of SBMT and Brain Mapping Foundation.

The 10 th Annual meeting of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center ( May 12-14, 2013). The Congress consists of over 200 invited speakers and 40 scientific sessions covering neuro-oncology, neuroradiology, neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson's, ALS,...) , autism, spinal disorders, and neurotrauma including concussions and chronic traumatic encephalapothy. "We have brought together some of the finest scientists in the field of neurotrauma and other areas in order to address major neuroscience problems in a multidisciplinary way," said James Ecklund, SBMT program committee member, Professor of Neurosurgery, and Chairman of Neurosciences for Inova Health System in Virginia. He continued, "experts from many associated fields need to work together in order to have a significant impact on our current neuroscience challenges including prevention, diagnostics and treatment of complex head injuries of wounded warriors and football players. The Society's annual meeting creates this unique consortium environment which fosters collaboration between many diverse disciplines while simultaneously helping all attendees update their neuroscience knowledge."

The 10 th Annual world Congress for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics is jointly sponsored by International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine (ISMRM) and SBMT. 2009 World Congress was jointly sponsored by American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and SBMT. To submit an abstract or to register for this prestigious and world Class scientific event please visit: WWW.WORLDBRAINMAPPING.ORG

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