NIH/NIA Appropriations and Authorization Legislation:
Public Law 111-375 - National Alzheimer’s Project Act:
On February 7, 2012, Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director, announced an additional $50 million in research funds for Alzheimer’s disease research in FY 2012. The Administration also announced an additional $80 million in the FY 2013 President’s Budget.
On May 15, 2012, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s. The Plan is available at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius attended the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit to announce the National Plan and the Public Awareness Campaign to help families and caregivers to know about federal resources.
Included in the National Plan is a listing of Federal and private Alzheimer’s research activities and can be reviewed at: www.nia.nih.gov/research/dn/international-alzheimers-disease-research-portfolio. The portfolio uses the Common Alzheimer’s Disease Research Ontology Collaboration (CADRO) to conduct portfolio analysis of Federal and private funders of Alzheimer’s disease research activities. CADRO and the posted portfolio are a means to increase communication, inform about shared scientific priorities, and increase collaboration on a range of activities. CADRO was developed by NIA and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dr. Richard Hodes, National Alzheimer’s Federal Council member and Chair, Federal Research Subgroup hosted the May 14-15, NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit: Path to Prevention and Treatment. The Summit had approximately 600 participants in attendance representing 36 states and nine countries: Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Costa Rica, France, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Russia.
Summit experts recommended research strategies to accelerate the development of successful therapies for AD across the disease continuum. Also identified were types of resources/infrastructure and new public private partnerships needed. Summit recommendations will be posted soon on the NIA website.
Congressional Briefings and Hearings:
On March 28, 2012, Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH, testified on the FY2013 President’s Budget before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education (Senator Tom Harkin [D-IA], Chairman). Dr. Collins was accompanied by Drs. Richard Hodes, NIA Harold Varmus, Director, NCI, Anthony S. Fauci, Director, NIAID, Griffin Rodgers, Director, NIDDK, and Thomas Insel, Director, NIMH, and Acting Director, NCATS.
Tamara Jones, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging