Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

AFA: Increased Spending at the NIH Paves the Way for a Much-Needed Boost to Funding for Alzheimer’s Research

(February 9, 2018)—Congressional leaders have agreed to a two-year budget package that calls for increasing spending at the National Institutes of  Health (NIH) by $2 billion.  This would provide the additional funding necessary to increase Alzheimer’s disease research at NIH by at least $400 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as approved by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees last year.

If approved in a final spending package—overall funding for Alzheimer’s research will reach approximately $1.8 billion for FY 2018. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) issued the following statement from Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO:

“AFA commends Congressional leaders for working together to rise above the challenges and for coming to this agreement which recognizes the critical role of NIH—the crown jewel of U.S. biomedical research and innovation. It enables us to continue addressing the dire need to identifying a cure for Alzheimer’s—or at least an effective treatment to slow progression of this devastating disease.”

“In order to achieve the goal of the national Alzheimer’s plan—to find a cure or meaningful treatment by 2025—we need to aggressively pursue a path toward that objective. This funding increase is a step in the right direction.  AFA will continue working with all our partners –including our Congressional champions and the White House—to ensure that finding a cure or an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease remains a national priority.”

AFA—whose mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and their families—is calling for $2 billion a year for Alzheimer’s disease research from the federal government. This $2 billion figure is the amount that leading Alzheimer’s researchers say is necessary to make viable progress by 2025.

Currently, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is the only disease  in the top 10 causes of death for which there is neither a cure, nor an impactful treatment.