Through its lobbying and advocacy efforts, ABC raises awareness among policymakers about the cause, impact, and consequences of neurologic and psychiatric illness. Our broad advocacy focus appeals to all member groups whether it be advocating for sufficient funding allocations for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH is seeking to improve the health care system to better serve people with chronic illnesses); searching for new and effective ways to continue to address the cost, availability and quality of care; and promoting the understanding of the responsible use of animals in research and its importance to groundbreaking discoveries that lead to more successful treatments of brain disorders.
The ABC’s policy issues include:
Increased funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Improving health care for chronic conditions particular to the brain
- Eliminate restrictions on federally funded stem cell research
- Supporting the ethical use of animals in research
Read our position statements on these issues and others:
Federal Funding for Brain Research
Stem Cell Research
The Ethical Use of Animals in Research
Health Care Reform
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Mental Health Insurance Parity
Scientist working at the National Institutes of Health. Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health.