May 052011

Congress has created a new Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research program at the Department of Defense.  The program was included in the federal spending bill signed by the president on April 15, 2011.  While countless programs received funding reductions, including a $260 million cut for the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s community secured a significant victory for Alzheimer’s research in the finalized spending bill.

The Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research program created by Congress at the Department of Defense has been funded at $15 million for its inaugural year.  This newly created program will fund innovative and outcome-oriented research that is relevant to both the Alzheimer’s community and the military.  It will provide a vital source of new funding for Alzheimer’s researchers.

The Alzheimer’s Association worked closely with Congress on the inclusion of this provision in the bill and looks forward to working with the Department of Defense to accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, cure, or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read our full statement here.

  9 Responses to “New Alzheimer’s Research Program at Department of Defense”

  1. While I was caring for my father with Alzheimer's, the VA did a study including us regarding Alzheimers and the caregiving aspect of it. It was very interesting and I was honored to be a part of it.

  2. This is wonderful news!

  3. I don't think people know on a personal level just how devastating this disease is for the person afflicted, and for the family. On every level, from first realizing that 'something is wrong' , to the progression of the disease, to needing help that costs money, time, caring, and medication that often doesn't really work – it provides the stuff that nightmares are made of. Finacially, it will break you – if you do the right thing and keep your loved one at home.

    I know this because my beloved husband had Alzheimer's Disease for 10 years. The associated problems were life-changing. The resultant effects are living on the little money that remained after caring for him all those years. My husband passed away at home three years ago, unaware of his surroundings, and not able to know who he was or that I loved him.

    We spend so much money on everything else, but this disease mashes our brains and destroys us. Isn't it time to fix this.

    • Carole I hear you. That is why I do what I do – to help save families from he financial devastation that Alzheimer's can bring on.

    • Carole;
      I was moved and motivated by your post. I'm 56 years old and was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers. I'm not worried about myself but my beloved wife. Even though this research program is a positive step, it is but " a drop in the bucket" of what is truely needed in funding for this devistating disease. No cure, no viable medication to control and outside the home care is not a viable option should I get that bad because of the cost. I'm lost

  4. I am glad to see attention being paid to this devastating disease!

  5. how to apply this grant?

  6. It is about time it is indeed a devastating disease I am taking care of my husband with ALZ. and can't even amagin where we will be a few years from now prbeble in the poor house or welfare

  7. Take a look at this publication, new hope

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