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Sen. Mark Kirk, a stroke victim, backs Obama's brain initiative

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A recovering stroke victim, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) tells Yahoo! News he support's President Barack Obama's proposal, unveiled this week, to invest $100 million in brain research. The brain study will be part of the budget Obama will present to Congress on April 10.

From the story by Yahoo! News Chris Moody, Kirk's statement:

"Having suffered an ischemic stroke, I understand the importance of investing in science and technology to better understand our brain's circuitry and neurological interactions," Kirk told Yahoo News. "The new BRAIN initiative, which includes fostering partnerships with private institutions, will help bring us closer to learning more about mapping the most powerful, innovative tool in our bodies. After meeting with the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS], I hope the research from the BRAIN initiative will continue to help doctors and scientists better understand strokes, their effects, and long-term health impacts."

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