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Voluntary Groups Are Mixed On Whether Decade Of The Brain Will Boost Funding

Increased awareness and larger donations are drops in the bucket compared with the amount of federal dollars needed When President Bush signed a congressional resolution officially proclaiming the 1990s as the Decade of the Brain, a cry of triumph rose from patient advocacy groups across the country. Many of the roughly 70 voluntary organizations that represent victims of neurological and mental disorders--a number of whom raise money for research in basic neuroscience as well as for the study

Diana Morgan
Increased awareness and larger donations are drops in the bucket compared with the amount of federal dollars needed
When President Bush signed a congressional resolution officially proclaiming the 1990s as the Decade of the Brain, a cry of triumph rose from patient advocacy groups across the country. Many of the roughly 70 voluntary organizations that represent victims of neurological and mental disorders--a number of whom raise money for research in basic neuroscience as well as for the study of individual diseases and treatments--had devoted countless hours to lobbying Congress to pass the resolution, which Bush signed on July 25, 1989.

"We were thrilled," says Sue Levi-Pearl, research director of the Tourette Syndrome Association, whose 28,000 members donated $350,000 for last year's neurology research budget. "We thought there was going to be some sort of greater attention to neurological disorders [by Congress], and we looked to a major breakthrough in an...

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