Passage of National Alzheimer’s Project Act ‘Important Step’ in Battling Disease

Posted December 16, 2010

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund applauded Congress for passing promising new legislation, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, praising lawmakers for recognizing the importance of finding a cure for the debilitating disease. The bill would create the National Alzheimer’s Project, which would coordinate government efforts to prevent and treat the disease and create a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer’s disease.

“We commend the Bipartisan Bicameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease for their action on this legislation,” said Tim Armour, President and CEO of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “We especially thank Task Force Co-Chairs Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Warner (D-VA) for their leadership on this bill and commitment to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. With 5.2 million Americans currently battling this devastating disease and many Baby Boomers reaching the at-risk age, a strategic and coordinated effort to develop more effective treatments and prevention is an important step in battling Alzheimer’s.”

Dedicated to Alzheimer’s research, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has set forth an ambitious and aggressive national research strategy for the development of effective therapies and discovery of an eventual cure for the disease.

“Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is a daunting challenge, but with the advances in research and technology over the past decade it is within our reach,” said Armour. “This dedication and commitment by Congress is a encouraging step toward reaching that goal.

“When President Obama signs this bill into law, as is expected, it will mark a significant milestone in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” Armour continued.  “It will give hope to the millions of Americans and their families struggling with this devastating disease today.”