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8 May 2014
John Holdren, Ph.D.
Policy Director, White House
Office of Science and Technology
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500-0004
Dear Dr. Holdren,
Enclosed is a copy of my letter to Senator Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman, Senate Appropriations Committee, which calls for a return of the National Institutes of Health to one of its original missions objectives, namely, “to support research and training in the special health problems and requirements of mothers and children". Oct 17, 1962 (Public Law 87-838, Sec 441), Child abuse and neglect is universally recognized as “a special health problem of mothers and children” (Public Law 87-838, Sec 441),
Also enclosed is a copy of a manuscript entitled: “Noninvasive Detection 0f Brain Spiking Pathology: Implications For Evaluating the Violent Offender (1981) by Professor Bernard Saltzberg. a research activity previously supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) under contract No. 43-681412 that was established in 1968 to identify brain signatures of impaired brain development in various “at risk” populations.
This project was not continued under the contract mechanism by the NICHD, as it had other priorities for its limited contract funds. There is much to be gained by the successful documentation of impaired brain function in the adult pathological violent offender and in children who manifest early violent and abusive behaviors.
The support of your Office in the reordering of priorities at the NIH would be welcomed and for taking the initiative and responsibility for support of the Salztberg proposal.
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
Cc: Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senate Appropriations Committee