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Administration Announces Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative

February 10, 2012—The Obama Administration Feb. 7 announced a $156 million initiative to fight Alzheimer’s disease, including making an additional $50 million available for Alzheimer’s research in the current fiscal year. In addition, the administration announced that its FY 2013 budget will increase funding for Alzheimer’s research by $80 million.

The additional National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding will support both basic and clinical research. Investments will include research to identify genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and testing therapies in individuals at the highest risk for the disease.  On the clinical side, the funds may be used to expand efforts to move new therapeutic approaches into clinical trials and to develop better databases to assess the nation’s burden of cognitive impairment and dementia.

The administration also announced $26 million to support additional goals in the preliminary National Alzheimer’s Disease Plan, including support for patients and caregivers in the community, improved health care provider training, increased public awareness, and improved data collection and analysis. The national plan was mandated by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act [P.L. 111-375].

Contact:

Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559
Email: dbmoore@aamc.org

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