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CBN Promotes Neuroscience on Capitol Hill

CBN Director Elliott Albers, Ph.D., recently accepted an invitation from the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences to take part in the prestigious 13th Annual Capitol Hill Exhibition and Reception on June 26.

The Exhibition, hosted by the Coalition for National Science Funding, is an important and popular annual event in Washington that attracts members of the U.S. Congress, Congressional staff, and leading figures from the National Science Foundation, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the work of a select group of scientists and the significance of their research within the United States.

“The Exhibition was a special opportunity to educate national leaders on the caliber of behavioral research taking place within the CBN and its implications to industry and the economy,” Dr. Albers said. “Opportunities such as the Exhibition are also a key step toward securing much needed federal research funding.”

As part of the Federation’s Exhibition, Dr. Albers (in partnership with Virtually Better) presented a Virtual Iraq demonstration. Virtual Iraq, the result of a collaborative effort among CBN, Georgia State University, and Emory University researchers, is a groundbreaking approach to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through the use of virtual reality exposure treatments.

During the event, several members of Congress and key members of the National Science Foundation visited Dr. Albers’ booth to experience Virtual Iraq and learn more about the CBN. Visitors included: Congressman Brian Baird, Ph.D. (D-Wa), Congressman Bobby Etheridge (D-NC), Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Arden Bement, Ph.D., (Director, National Science Foundation), Felice Levine, Ph.D. (Executive Director, American Educational Institute of Mental Health), Thomas Insel, M.D., Ph.D. (Director, National Institute of Mental Health), Gerald Sroufe, Ph.D. (Director, Government Relations, American Educational Research Association) and more.

Dr. Albers and Federation staff also met with Capitol Hill staff from the House Science Committee, as well as Congressman David Wu, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.

The Coalition is an alliance of more than 115 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise.

The Federation is a dues-supported coalition representing the interests of scientists who conduct research in the areas of behavioral, psychological, and cognitive sciences by focusing its efforts on legislative advocacy, education, and the communication of information to scientists.
For additional information and to view a photo gallery, log on to: http://www.thefederationonline.org/events/Other/2007_CNSF.php

Photo and text courtesy of the Federation of Behavioral, Pyschological, and Cognitive Sciences.

 

 

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