Here’s the latest news on more money for Alzheimer’s research: Yesterday (June 6, 2016), The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed a $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) led the bipartisan proposal.
I burst into tears when I read about it on Facebook. Then I went to the Alzheimer’s Association website to learn more, and you can too, by clicking on this link.
If the increase becomes reality, this is incredibly good news. No, this funding does NOT get us on a NIH research par with many other major diseases, but the increases made in just a few years is encouraging. These new funds could keep more researchers in the Alzheimer’s field (see my previous blog post about why scientists are leaving or have left the field of cognitive research).
Leading researchers say we need to get to the $2 billion mark in order to make a difference in Alzheimer’s disease. Current funding is just under $1 billion, leaving a deficit of $600 million plus to get to that goal.
Money for Alzheimer’s Research
YES, in terms of research dollars we’re finally getting there. YET, for those of us who are drowning in this disease, it sometimes feels as though progress is happening in inches.
Personally, I have to keep reminding myself how far we have come in a few years. This NIH additional funding was brought about by the massive effort of several organizations, probably most significantly The Alzheimer’s Association, and by regular folks — people like you and me — who appealed to their Congressional representatives to do the right thing.
Kudos to all who played their part.
I hope very soon I can write another email like this one. We need it to happen.
As always, thanks for reading.