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Delegate David Ramadan
Ross M. Dunlap
Tel: 1-800-615-0418 ext 202
George Mason University
Delegate Ramadan Announces $125,000 for Lyme Testing at George Mason University
~Ceres Nanosciences announces test is now available to patients. ~
Dulles, VA | May 1, 2015 — As the nation recognizes May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Delegate David Ramadan (R-87th) announced today that funding he requested for a groundbreaking new Lyme disease test developed by George Mason University has been included in Virginia’s 2015-2016 budget. Further, Ceres Nanosciences announces that the test is now available to patients under a new clinical study at Dr. Sam Shor’s clinic, Internal Medicine of Northern Virginia in Reston.
George Mason University’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) would receive $125,000 to rollout the Nanotrap® based Lyme Antigen Test, which was developed jointly with Ceres Nanosciences.
“Lyme Disease is a serious issue affecting families across Virginia,” said Ramadan. “The funding I included in the budget will accelerate an innovative new test to give greater certainty to doctors, patients and families dealing with Lyme. This is a remarkable innovation which will help thousands of my constituents in Loudoun and Prince William.”
Delegate Ramadan requested the funding after working with GMU, Ceres and Loudoun physician Dr. Sam Shor over the last two years to add a new patient enrollment site for the clinical study of the test.
Dr. Lance Liotta, Co-Director of CAPMM and Medical Director of the Clinical Proteomics Lab at Mason, said the support from the Virginia Commonwealth provided by Delegate Ramadan made this innovative breakthrough possible. “Our test is completely different from past diagnostic tests for Lyme,” Liotta said. “Through our novel nanotrap technology, we can achieve a high level of sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy that has never been possible in the past.
“Delegate Ramadan’s support for the new Lyme disease test developed by George Mason and Ceres Nanosciences has been exceptional and integral to its success. We are grateful to have such a strong supporter who both appreciates the issue that is Lyme disease, and understands the investment and resources required to deliver a new test that can provide immediate patient benefit. This funding allocation from the Virginia legislature will have an immediate impact on the availability of the new Nanotrap® Lyme Antigen Test that is now offered out of Mason’s clinical laboratory. It will leverage the significant investment made by Ceres Nanosciences already, and provide much needed funds to outfit Mason’s lab with new equipment and resources that will directly support the expansion of the Lyme Antigen Test, making this test available to more patients in the state of VA and beyond” said Ceres’ CEO, Ross Dunlap.
Delegate David Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He currently serves on the oldest & newest committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges & Elections (P&E) and Science & Technology (S&T), as well as General Laws Committee. He serves as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee. Delegate Ramadan is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Business Development Caucus. He also serves as an Alt. Commissioner on the Interstate Potomac River Basin Commission. To learn more visit www.DavidRamadan.com
By Shawn Day
© April 19, 2015
Last week, when Republican Del. David Ramadan shocked his colleagues by announcing his resignation after two terms representing the 87th District, he indirectly highlighted the importance of competition, campaign finance reform and the preservation of modest pay for Virginia’s part-time legislators.
Ramadan said he simply couldn’t raise a half-million dollars needed for a competitive re-election campaign, deliver the service constituents deserve, maintain a successful business career and be there for his family. He had to choose.
Ramadan won by 51 votes in 2011, and by 187 votes in 2013. He insists he’d win again this year. But rather than risk losing time and money on a fight that he could lose to Democrat Jack Tiwari, and rather than neglect his business and family for another six months – or more if he won – Ramadan opted out. …Read More
Braddock/Pleasant Valley and Major Gum Spring Road Changes to Be Discussed at 4/28 Town Hall Meetingposted April 16th, 2015
From: “Matt Letourneau”
Date: April 16, 2015 at 1:13:08 PM EDT
Subject: Braddock/Pleasant Valley and Major Gum Spring Road Changes to Be Discussed at 4/28 Town Hall Meeting
Supervisor Letourneau to Hold Town Hall Meeting on April 28
I will be hosting my 2nd quarter Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00pm at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School (26020 Ticonderoga Road).
At the meeting, we will be discussing two major events that will impact commuters: construction of the Braddock/Pleasant Valley Roundabout, and a new configuration for north-south traffic from Gum Spring Road.
We’ll have the design-build project team from VDOT and Fort Meyer Construction on hand to present the construction plans for the Braddock/Pleasant Valley Roundabout and answer any questions from the public.
We will also inform you of a major change that is currently scheduled to take place on or around April 29th involving the north side of Gum Spring Road and Stone Springs Blvd and Route 50. On this date, the section of Gum Spring Road adjacent to the StoneSpring ER and the hospital under construction will close to through traffic, and all traffic will use a new section of Stone Springs Blvd on the north side of Route 50. You will be hearing about this change over the next few days from HOA’s and on message boards in the area.
As always, I will also update you on other projects in our District — there has been considerable progress in the last few weeks. And, I have also asked Delegate David Ramadan to give an update on the General Assembly session which just concluded. I hope you can attend.