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***MEDIA ADVISORY***

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Metcalf
561-297-3022 , lmetcalf@fau.edu

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch, U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel to Join FAU Officials to Discuss Sequester Impact on NIH Funding

BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 6, 2013) — U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch, U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel and officials from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Division of Research will host a briefing to discuss the impacts of sequestration on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. in the atrium of the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

FAU Ph.D. students from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science also will be on-hand to discuss the impact of the sequestration on their research projects and their goals as young scientists working to develop treatments and therapies for breast cancer.

As a result of automatic across-the-board cuts (or sequestrations) required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, funding for the NIH will be cut by $1.5 billion. In recent years, NIH-funded advances have led to a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer and a test to predict breast cancer recurrence, helped identify genetic markers for mental illness, improved asthma treatments, and nearly eliminated HIV transmissions between mother and child. NIH-funded research also has led to a 60 percent decline in deaths from heart disease and a 70 percent decrease in deaths from stroke. These and other medical advances have saved tens of thousands of lives, while new approaches to early detection and prevention of disease have saved countless more.

Researchers at health sciences centers conduct approximately halfof all externally-funded research by the NIH. Faculty throughout FAU are studying diseases and conditions that afflict us globally, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, neurological disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, macular degeneration, autoimmune diseases, depression and addiction, HIV/AIDS and malaria. In addition, FAU researchers are developing and testing approaches that have the potential to prevent illness, relieve pain, promote health, and enhance quality of life of persons of all ages from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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