Congressional Neuroscience Caucus
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The bipartisan Congressional Neuroscience Caucus promotes a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages. Co-chaired by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the caucus seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses.

The American Brain Coalition has teamed up with the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus in hosting and  organizing events that focus on neuroscience: developing and promoting legislation that will further advance neuroscience research; sponsoring briefings and information sessions on neuroscience research and findings; collaborating with patient advocacy, physician, and research organizations to build awareness; and distributing congressional communications and information such as Dear Colleagues and Congressional Record statements.


Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – Co Chair
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – Co-Chair

Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
John Garamendi (D-CA) Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Scott Perry (R-PA) Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Scott Peters (D-CA) Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Bill Posey (R-FL) Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Dave Reichert (R-WA) Hank Johnson (D-GA)
Tim Ryan (D-OH) Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Pete Sessions (R-TX) Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Adam Smith (D-WA) Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Ask your Member of Congress to join the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus today!



February 26, 2018 - Launching into the Next Phase of the NIH BRAIN Initiative

  • Dr.Walter J. Koroshetz - Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Dr. Joshua A. Gordon - Director of  the National Institute of Mental Health

November 15, 2017 - Brains & Art Ice Cream Social

October 3, 2017 – Towards a Cure for Childhood Brain Disorders: A Tale of Two Disease Models

  • Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom - Professor and Autism Researcher, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

  • Dr. Jason Lunden - Former Post , Hussman Institute for Autism

September 14, 2017 – Understanding and Minimizing Sports-Related Brain Injuries

  • Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) - Chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

  • Karen & Doug Zegel - President & Executive Board, The Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation 
  • Dr. Ann McKee, a Professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University and Chief of Neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Noel Heiks, CEO of MVTRAK 

June 20, 2017 – The Role of Philanthropy in Curing Brain Disease 

  • Anneliese M. Schaeffer, JD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Timothy Armour, MA, MBA, President & CEO of Cure Alzheimer's Fund
  • Barbara Newhouse, MA, CEO of the ALS Association

June 29, 2016 – Finding the Right Treatment for Depression 

  • Dr. Helen Mayberg, Psychiatrist, Emory University
  • Beverly Brewster, Mental Illness advocate

April 27, 2016 – Using our Brains and Art to Inspire a Future Generation of Scientists (Co-hosted by the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus & STEAM Caucus) 

  • Dr. Bill Griesar, Neuroscience Coordinator, NW NOGGIN
  • Jeff Leake, Arts Coordinator, NW NOGGIN 
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Chair 
  • Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congressional Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) Caucus Chair

April 19, 2016 – Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefing “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?“

  • Dr. Neil Buckholtz: Former Director of the Division of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging/NIH
  • Sarah Holt: Producer and Director, “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” 
  • Dr. Kenneth Kosik: Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Dr. Dennis Liu: Executive Director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
  • Greg O’Brien: Journalist, author of On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s and early onset Alzheimer’s patient
  • Julia Cort, Deputy Executive Producer for NOVA, Moderator


December 1, 2015 – Work in Progress: Neuroscience Research to Understand the Developing Brain 

  • Lisa Freund, PhD, Chief of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Child Development and Behavior Branch
  • Frances E. Jensen, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults


September 10, 2015 – Public and private investment in the BRAIN Initiative

  • Alan Gilbert, Director of Global Government and NGO Strategy, GE’s healthymagination
  • Pushkar Joshi, PhD, Director of Strategy & Business Development, Inscopix
  • Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, President & CEO, The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation


March 19, 2015 – Brain Health Breakthroughs: Good News for Service Members, Students and Seniors

  • Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, the Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair, and Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Mark D’Esposito, MD, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Morgan Luttrell, retired United States Navy SEAL


November 20, 2014 – Depression: The Struggle, the Stigma, the Science and the Strategy for a Fix

  • Mark M. Rasenick, PhD,Distinguished University Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine
  • Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine


April 29, 2014 – How Physical Activity Promotes a Healthier Brain

  • Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Geriatrics and Co-Director, Healthy Aging Alliance Oregon Health & Science University
  • Patricia Lightner, a Parkinson’s patient and the State Coordinator of Pennsylvania’s Parkinson’s Action Network


February 25, 2014 – Understanding Neurodegenerative Diseases: From a Rare Disorder to the Most Common

  • Steven Dekosky, MD, VP and Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, whose esearch focuses on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Virginia Lee, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Lab Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on mis-folded proteins in Parkinson’s disease, ALS and Alzheimer’s
  • Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel – Patient with fatal familia insomnia and her spouse, who have redirected their lives find a cure for her disorder


December 12, 2013 – Update on Schizophrenia: Applying the Science and Stopping the Stigma

  • Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia University and works closely with the New York State Office of Mental Health on a number of initiatives
  • Laurie Flynn, former CEO of NAMI and parent of an adult child with schizophrenia
  • Saul Levin, MD, MPH, Moderator, CEO and Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association


September 30, 2013 – Music and the Brain

  • Mickey Hart, renowned percussionist, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco


September 25, 2013 – Capitol Hill Brain Awareness Event

  • John Morrison, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Dean of Basic Sciences and the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco


June 12, 2013 – The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative:  The NIH Perspective

  • Earl Blumenauer, Co-chair of the Neuroscience Caucus
  • Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health
  • Story Landis, PhD, Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2003-2014)


March 18, 2013 – Exploring the Relationship between Mental Illness & Violence

  • Thomas R. Insel, MD, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Elizabeth Childs, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in Boston, MA
  • Raquel Gur, MD, PhD, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Schizophrenia Research Center


November 27, 2012 – MaRS Innovation, a Model for Effectively Bridging the Research Gap

The MaRS Innovation Center, a not-for-profit based in Canada that’s focused on being the commercialization agent for Canada’s “discovery pipeline,” their 16 leading academic and research institutions.

  • Veronika Litinskiis, Senior Advisor for Healthcare and Life Sciences at the MaRS Discovery District


June 19, 2012 – Breakthroughs in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research

  • Dallas Hack, Director of the Army’s Combat Casualty Care Program
  • Carl A. Castro, Research Area Director, Military Operational Medicine Research Program
  • Steven Paul, MD, Founder & Director of Sage Therapeutics


June 13, 2012 – Breakthroughs in Neuroscience Research

  • Philip Rubin, PhD, Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Frances Jensen, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Director, Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • William Mobley, MD, PhD, Chair of the Dept. of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego


November 10, 2011 – The Growing Brain: From Birth to Adolescence – What Makes it Work Right and What Can Go Wrong

  • Robert Hitzemann, PhD, Chairman, Behavioral Neuroscience Department, OHSU
  • Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and of Psychiatry, OHSU
  • Martha Denckla, MD, Professor of Neurology, Senior Pediatric Neurologist, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


July 27, 2011 – The Blueprint: NIH Efforts to Integrate and Advance Neuroscience Research

  • Edward Markey and Chris Smith, Co-chairs of the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force
  • Earl Blumenauer and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Co-chairs, Neuroscience Caucus
  • Story Landis, PhD, Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2003-2014)
  • Thomas R. Insel, MD, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Richard Hodes, MD, Director, National Institute on Aging


June 23, 2011 – ABC Hosts First Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefing

  • Earl Blumenauer and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Co-chairs of the Neuroscience Caucus
  • Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Eben S. Draper Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • William Mobley, MD, PhD, Chair of the Dept. of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego


For more information on the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, please visit


Left to right: Dr. Joseph Coyle, ABC Past Chair, CNC Co-chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, CNC Co-chair Earl Blumenauer, and Dr. Roger Reeves of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Sequential "in utero" labeling of earlier-born projection neurons. Copyright © 2011, The Journal of Neuroscience. All rights reserved.


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