SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Political, medical leaders discuss 21st Century Cures Act legislation

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Political and medical leaders held a roundtable discussion on Tuesday at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas about the new 21st Century Cures Act and the future of U.S. biomedical science.

The act legislation would support biomedical research that is currently underway to cure diseases.

Attendees include UT Southwestern Medical Center's president, Dr. Daniel Podolsky, and U.S. Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX).

"It is crucial that America remains at the front lines of biomedical research and care,” Burgess, an ob-gyn, said. “These investments lead to exponential advances in medicine. Today's event at UT Southwestern offered an exceptional look into the high caliber of people and the effort involved in finding new cures. We cannot allow our lofty-yet-achievable goals to be lost amid the political discourse. What if that cure is within our grasp, sitting in a test tube in one of these labs, just waiting for us to finish our analysis?"

Biomedical research is an important part of advancing medicine and expanding the economy.

"Biomedical research is of critical and fundamental importance to Texas, the nation and, most importantly, to all those struggling with disease," Podolsky said. "This research includes developing a better understanding of the basic causes and mechanisms that lead to disease, as well as new and more effective therapies made possible by those insights. Groundbreaking research offers the best hope for improving the health of all people."

Burgess has represented Texas's 26th District in the House since 2003. Born in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1950, Burgess was educated at the University of North Texas and serves on the following committees: Energy and Commerce Committee, Rules Committee and the Republican Study Committee.

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