White House Announces New Neuroscience Research Coordinator

March 14, 2012


The White House has announced it has appointed Dr. Philip Rubin of Yale University as the first ever White House coordinator on neuroscience research. Rubin's appointment was announced by Dr. John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science.

"Dr. Rubin's appointment signifies the Administration's commitment to move forward to advance the understanding of the delicate intricacies of brain function and treatment," said Congressman Chaka Fattah (D–PA), who led the initiative that calls on the White House to establish, through the National Science and Technology Council, an interagency working group to coordinate federal investments in neuroscience research.

"This is good news for meeting the challenges of childhood development illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's, and other forms of neurological conditions,” said Fattah.

Rubin serves as the chair of the National Academies Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and is a professor adjunct at Yale University, Department of Surgery (Otolaryngology) at Yale's School of Medicine.

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