The House of Representatives will be considering H.R. 1362, the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act, tomorrow (Tuesday) on the House floor. This is an extremely critical point: Take a few brief minutes to email your Member of Congress and urge his/her support of this bill’s passage.

During mark-up of HR 1362 last week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the National MS and Parkinson’s Disease Registries Act was expanded to make the surveillance system available to all neurological conditions, maintaining MS and Parkinson’s as a priority. The Committee unanimously passed the expanded bill, the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act, by voice vote.

This legislation will establish a national data surveillance system that will track and collect data on the epidemiology, incidence, prevalence, and other factors of neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Currently, such a national coordinated system does not exist to collect data on MS. The development of a surveillance system will address this gap by gathering all existing data on the incidence and prevalence of MS in one location. 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. Learn more about the bill.

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