A bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama directed approximately $350 million in funding for Alzheimer’s research to the National Institutes of Health, increasing their existing funding by 60 percent. The bill was proposed by the Senate Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee in response to a $300 million increase by the U.S. House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, demonstrating bipartisan commitment to Alzheimer’s funding.
This historic funding increase was a year-long process, beginning with a request for an increase in Alzheimer’s research funding by advocates from GHR partner Alzheimer’s Association. Their team has worked to promote this funding through many initiatives, including the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in March, when more than 1,000 advocates went to Capitol Hill to request an increase in funding.
These large-scale funding efforts and public-private collaborations are essential to the effort to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about GHR's Alzheimer'r research funding here.