Congress will be back in session the week of November 15 and we need you to email your Senator to ensure S.1273 is passed before the 111th Congress adjourns. This legislation would establish multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's Disease surveillance systems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such a surveillance system would gather all existing data in one location and offer a foundation for evaluating many MS factors such as, geographic clusters of MS diagnoses, variances in the gender ratio, disease burden, and changes in health care practices. As a result, this system could help uncover and inform promising areas of MS research such as: genetic and environmental risk factors, and support the discovery of disease therapies, treatments, and one day-a cure.
The House of Representatives passed the companion bill, H.R. 1362, the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act, just before leaving for recess and Senate passage is the last significant procedural hurdle. Click here to email your Senators today about the importance of passing S. 1273 this Congressional session.