The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) originated in 1992 via a Congressional appropriation to foster novel approaches to biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders-the American public, the military, and Congress.
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The NF Clinical Trials Consortium is dedicated to conducting clinical trials to improve the quality of life of persons with neurofibromatosis. Since the discovery of the genes responsible for the different forms of neurofibromatosis, much has been learned about how the various problems associated with neurofibromatosis come about. This opens the door towards development and testing of medications that may be helpful in preventing or treating complications of the disorders. The NF Clinical Trials Consortium was formed in 2006 with funding from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to carry out clinical trials of such medications. The Consortium consists of thirteen clinical centers with 12 around the U.S.; 1 in Australia, and an Operations Center at the University of Alabama Birmingham to coordinate consortium activities.