|(left to right): Shawn O'Neail, Vice President of Federal Government Relations; Senator Byron Dorgan (ND); |
Joyce Nelson, President & CEO; David Chatel, Executive Vice President of Advocacy
One of his most notable achievements, Senator Dorgan introduced and has helped shepherd through the Senate the National MS and Parkinson's Disease Registries Act (S. 1273). Currently, a national coordinated system to collect and analyze data on MS and other neurological conditions does not exist. Broadened in the House to the National Neurological Disease Surveillance System Act (H.R. 1362), this legislation could help uncover and inform promising areas of research, such as genetic and environmental risk factors and support the discovery of disease therapies, treatments, and one day--a cure. The National MS Society applauds Senator Dorgan for his long-time commitment, as he has undoubtedly helped move us closer to a world free of MS.
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA) will serve as MS Caucus Co-Chair, alongside Senator Orrin Hatch, in the 112th Congress.