The American Brain Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of the United States’ leading professional neurological, psychological, and psychiatric associations and patient organizations. Together, we seek to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy.
With an established presence in Washington, DC, ABC is a strong and powerful voice for the 50 million people with disabling brain disorders, bringing together organizations that represent concerned and interested patients, families, and professionals. This voice is used to advocate for increased support of research that leads to better treatment; services and support that improves patients’ quality of life; as well as a national commitment towards finding cures for individuals with disabling neurological and psychiatric disorders.
On behalf of the 50 million patients who live with neurological and psychiatric disorders, we invite organizations that share our concerns and goals to join us in our advocacy efforts.
21st CENTURY CURES ACT
This past summer the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act which would overhaul the discovery, development, and delivery cycle for treatments and cures. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has also been working to put together a legislative package that would similarly address barriers to innovation. ABC is committed to ensuring that the Senate version of the bill also addresses ABC’s priority areas so that cures and treatments can be brought to patients sooner. On Friday November 13, 2015, ABC submitted a letter to the HELP Committee outlining ABC’s position on policy issues that are of high priority to our community. As the Committee continues to fully develop their legislative package, we will keep you updated on our efforts to inform their work.
- More information on the contents of the 21st Century Cures Act.
NEW BRAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVES RESOURCE
Exciting brain research initiatives are taking place in the United States and across the world. The ABC has developed a new resource with information on these various efforts which includes the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Let us know how your organization is partnering on brain research initiatives.
ABC CAPITOL HILL TOOLKIT
We are excited to offer our members the advocacy tools you need to ensure a successful meeting with your member of Congress or legislative staff. Members of Congress and their staff want to understand the impacts of issues that are important to their constituents. This toolkit gives guidance on how to conduct a visit and tips for success during and after the meeting, including pertinent information to enhance the content of your message. We have also included a section on Effective Advocacy Outside of Washington, DC. We hope this Toolkit will make advocacy for brain research and healthcare as easy as possible for our members.
Immunofluorescence image reflecting the expression of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor (blue) in nestin-positive mouse hippocampal progenitors (green) that coexpress GFAP (red). In addition, CB1 is also present in differentiated astrocytes nestin-GFAP+ and other double-negative cells.
Photo courtesy of: Tania Aguado, Javier Palazuelos, Krisztina Monory, Nephi Stella, Benjamin Cravatt, Beat Lutz, Giovanni Marsicano, Zaal Kokaia, Manuel Guzmán, and Ismael Galve-Roperh, 2006, The Journal of Neuroscience 26: 1551-1561. Copyright © 2006, The Journal of Neuroscience. All rights reserved.