H.R. 660: Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium Act

Feb 13, 2013
Referred to Committee on Feb 13, 2013
0% chance of being enacted
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 13, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Feb 13, 2013
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Passed Senate
Signed by the President
Barbara Lee
Representative for California's 13th congressional district
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Feb 13, 2013
7 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 4138 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 05, 2012

Full Title

To amend the Public Health Service Act to create a National Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium to provide grants and coordinate research with respect to the causes of, and risk factors associated with, neuromyelitis optica, and for other purposes.


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Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish, administer, and coordinate a National Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Consortium to:
(1) award grants of not fewer than five years duration to conduct research with respect to the causes of, and the risk factors and biomarkers associated with, NMO (a neurological disease leading to blindness and paralysis);
(2) assemble a panel of experts to provide ongoing guidance and the recommendations on research design and protocols, and
(3) designate a central laboratory to collect, analyze, and aggregate data with respect to such research and to make such data and analysis available to researchers.
Establishes eligibility requirements for a consortium (a partnership of two or more universities, health care organizations, or government agencies, or any combination of such entities), including that: (1) it has the capability to enroll a minimum of 25 individuals with a diagnosis of NMO as research participants from the designated catchment area (geographical area), and (2) that the catchment area does not overlap with any other consortium receiving a grant under this Act.

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