President’s Budget Proposed Increase for Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Posted April 11, 2013

The President states in the budget message for the National Institutes of Health that the proposed budget delivers on the “…  Administration’s commitment to enhance investment in Alzheimer’s research” by adding approximately $80 million to the current year’s amount. This commitment which moves Alzheimer’s research from about 1.6% of the NIH budget to about 1.8% includes, “… investments in basic research on the fundamental causes and mechanisms of disease …”

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is encouraged by President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and its commitment to ending Alzheimer’s disease.  Although we all agree that much more needs to be done and that much more money needs to be allocated to research, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund applauds and welcomes the additional funds for Alzheimer’s disease research in the budget.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is gratified by the Administration’s stated belief that research into the causes of Alzheimer’s disease is a key to preventing the disease because this has been the guiding principle at Cure Alzheimer’s Fund since its founding.  This principle is embodied in the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Roadmap which focuses on finding and prioritizing the genes that affect risk for the disease followed by an understanding of the biological processes that propagate the pathology.

Increases in the budget for the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke are most welcome. However, we are also concerned about the proposed cut at the National Institute of Mental Health which has committed significant funding to Whole Genome Sequencing for Alzheimer’s in which Cure Alzheimer’s Fund researchers are taking part and which will provide critical data for drug discovery and development to Alzheimer’s researchers around the world.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund realizes this is the beginning of the budget and appropriation process, but it is hopeful that Congressional champions of preventing Alzheimer’s disease will lead their colleagues in supporting the Administration’s increases to Alzheimer’s disease research funding.  Cure Alzheimer’s Fund will continue to work closely with Congress and the Administration to do all we can to end Alzheimer’s disease.