The Senate Appropriations Committee released its Committee Report for FY15 Labor, Health and Education Appropriations at the end of July. In the NIH section of the report, the Committee included the language that was requested by the PLGA Foundation (aka A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure) regarding slow growing children’s brain tumors. This language urges the NIH to translate its understanding of the pathways for PLGA into new therapies for kids battling PLGA tumors.

Based on recent discoveries understanding the pathways that are active in PLGA tumors, the NCI launched a precedent-setting clinical trial which is directed at these genomic characteristics. To further these efforts, the Senate Committee language urges the NCI to utilize existing programs (i.e., the SPORE and CTEP programs) to encourage researcher grant submissions.

A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation applauds NIH investment in identifying more effective treatments and a cure for all children battling brain tumors. To read the Committee Report, please click here.