It seems rare these days that Republicans and Democrats can agree on anything. So when it does happen, it is great news indeed. That’s why I am thrilled to share with you the exciting news that on December 15 Congressional leaders agreed to a $350 million increase to fund Alzheimer’s research in the current FY 2016 budget bill. This is part of a $2 billion funding increase to the National Institutes of Health. And according to an email from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, it includes an increase of $85 million for the brain mapping program that is studying the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.
This means that the total funding for the NIH Alzheimer’s research is $936 million. This unprecedented increase more than doubles the monies allocated since the National Alzheimer’s Plan was signed into law five years ago. I am hoping that by the time you read this, the funding will have been signed into law.
According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, “Hundreds of our nation’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers have outstanding studies…that have been held at the starting block for lack of funding. This increase will allow that work to move forward, bringing us that much closer to improvements in care and treatment, and ultimately an end to this disease.”
So thank you all for signing the Alzheimer’s Association letters to your Representatives, for calling, emailing, and writing letters of your own, urging them to support this crucial increase in funding.
2016 can be a Happy New Year indeed!