Cure Alzheimer's Fund is very appreciative of the continuing commitment of Congress and President Obama reaffirmed by the approval of increased funding for Alzheimer's disease research. The additional $350 million for NIH included in the tax and spending bill signed into law is a tremendous step toward the $2 billion a year experts, including members of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund Research Consortium, have said is necessary to effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
Cure Alzheimer's Fund is encouraged that Congress made specific mention of meeting the goals of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's disease. The first goal of the plan is research and finding a cure. This must continue to be the first goal and focus if we are to rid ourselves of the devastating human, social, and budget impacts of Alzheimer's disease.
Along with the increase at NIH, the budget includes an additional $85 million for the BRAIN Initiative, which will help unlock the secrets of the brain and which may be used to further advance the ground-breaking and innovative work of the Alzheimer's in a Dish program.
We still have a long way to go to getting to the $2 billion a year in research funding necessary to meet the goals of the National Plan, but this commitment by Congress and President Obama goes a long way toward reaching that goal. Cure Alzheimer's Fund extends its gratitude for their continued efforts to find additional funding for Alzheimer's disease research. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress, the Obama Administration, and other stakeholders in the Alzheimer's disease community to reach that goal and find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.