GBS|CIDP Board Member, Matthew LaRocco, instrumental in the Department of Defense Peer-Review Medical Research Program adding Guillain-Barré syndrome to the list of Eligible Conditions

Voted on to the GBS|CIDP Foundation International Board of Directors as advocate liaison in June, 2016, Matthew LaRocco, played a big role advocating for the DOD to make this decision.

We are grateful for his work to influence the US Senate to name Guillain-Barré syndrome as an eligible condition on the Department of Defense peer-review medical research panel. The addition allows researchers access to the more than three billion dollars set aside for the program. The Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, established in 1999, has supported research across the full range of science and medicine, with an underlying goal of enhancing the health and well-being of military service members, veterans, retirees, and their family members.

Matthew, who reached out to us in 2011 after a severe bout with Guillain-Barré syndrome,
immediately rallied to become a liaison and also Chair of our Advocacy Committee! In his brief time with us, the Foundation has already benefited from Matt’s 20-year career in government and public affairs, representing Fortune 500 and international companies on complex issues before the US Congress, executive branch and other key decision makers on behalf of his clients.
Matthew is founder of the public affairs firm Washington, DC-based, Columbia Strategic Counsel.

Thank you, Matt!

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