Alzheimer's disease: the United States want to increase the research budget by a quarter
Competition in biological research will accelerate more
The U.S. administration announced Tuesday it will increase a quarter federal funds, or $ 130 million over two years for research into Alzheimer's, an irreversible degeneration of the brain affecting more than 5 million Americans.
"The announcement of the significant increase in research budget reflects the commitment of this administration to fight against Alzheimer's, a devastating disease for millions of Americans," said the health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, unveiling the initiative to the press.
White House proposes a budget of 130 million dollars on 2012 and 2013 for research on the disease, 25% more than in the current budget. Of this amount, $ 50 million is immediately available for research. The remaining $ 80 million requested from the Congress as part of the budget beginning October 1, 2013 and to be submitted by President Barack Obama Feb. 13.
This initiative also includes $ 26 million extra for those who provide care, training and public information about the disease. "This new funding will accelerate the efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new approaches to help people with Alzheimer's and those likely to suffer," said the director of NIH (National Institutes of Health ), Dr. Francis Collins.
At least 5.1 million Americans are currently affected and that number could more than double by 2050 with the aging population, he said. These additional funds will be used to identify particular genes that increase risk for Alzheimer's and try therapies in people at high risk of developing the disease, said a statement from the U.S. Department of Health.
This money would also help develop better statistical systems to better measure the burden for the U.S. cognitive impairment and dementia resulting from Alzheimer's. President Obama signed in January 2011, the National Project on AD (National Alzheimer's Project Act) which provides a plan for coordination of actions against the disease. This law established a research council, care and services to Alzheimer's, which includes some of the foremost experts on the disease. The preliminary framework of this project sets goals including prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's by 2025.