Friends of the NIA Applauds House Appropriations FY 2016 Bill for NIH Funding

The undersigned organizations made the following joint statement in response to the House Labor, HHS Appropriations Subcommittee FY 2016 bill for the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Our organizations unite to applaud and thank the House Appropriations Labor, HHS Subcommittee, on its FY 2016 bill for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We thank Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro for their leadership on the bill, which includes a $1.1 billion increase for NIH; a more than 25 percent increase for the National Institute on Aging to $1.5 billion; and a call for $300 million of that increase to be used for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Increased investment in preventing, treating or curing chronic diseases of aging is one of the most effective strategies in reducing national spending on health care. The costs of care for Alzheimer’s disease alone are enormous—in 2015 Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will cost the nation $226 billion, with half the costs borne by Medicare.

The $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research is a significant step closer to meeting the national goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 set out in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.

Our organizations have worked collaboratively to urge that Alzheimer’s and dementia research be a greater national priority. We look forward to continuing to work together, and with Congress and the Administration, to support the funding needed to make the 2025 goal a reality.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
Friends of the National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease

FoNIA Offers Input on 21st Century Cures Discussion Document

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has offered comments to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee on its initial discussion document that outlines specific 21st Century Cures initiative proposals. This document “seeks to continue the important dialogue of the past year, encouraging more discussion from patients, innovators, researchers, care givers, and other experts on the common goal of accelerating the pace of cures in the United States.”  The committee invited comment on the discussion.

FoNIA offered feedback on the proposed 21st Century Chronic Disease Initiative Act, plans to help emerging young scientists, and initiatives related to the National Institutes of Health.

Please click here to read the comments.



FoNIA Calls on NIH Director Collins to Increase Aging Research Funding

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, urging for an inclusion of an additional $500 million in the FY 2016 NIH Budget to support aging research. Its FY 2015 budget allocated about $2.5 billion for aging research.

The letter noted, “We believe that this funding is the minimum essential to sustain research needed to make progress in attacking the chronic diseases that are driving significant increases in our national healthcare costs. The institutes that make up the NIH, in particular the National institute on Aging (NIA), lead national scientific efforts to understand the nature of aging in order to promote the health and well-being of older adults, whose numbers are projected to increase dramatically in the coming years due to increased life expectancy and the aging of a baby boom generation.”

Please click here to read the letter.

FoNIA’s Message to President Obama: Increased Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Members of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging have sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.

The letter points out that the 65 and older population is expected to double between 2010 and 2050.  This will come with an increase in the prevalence of diseases disproportionately affecting older people, most notably Alzheimer’s disease.

With this added investment, however, the NIH can:

  • Implement new prevention and treatment clinical trials, research training initiatives, care interventions, and genetic research studies developed to meeting the goals of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Bolster trans-NIH initiatives developed by the NIH GeroScience Interest Group to understand basic cellular and molecular underpinnings of aging as a principal risk factor for chronic disease and to explore common mechanisms governing relationships between aging and chronic disease.
  • Understand the impact of economic concerns on older adults by examining work and retirement behavior, health and functional ability, and policies that influence individual well-being.
  • Support family caregivers by enhancing physician-family communication during end-of-life and critical care.

To read the letter, please click on the link below:
FONIA final FY 2016 OMB

Documents from the June 6 Capitol Hill Briefings Now Available

In follow up to our briefings we held June 6 on Capitol Hill about the NIA and its research efforts, we are pleased to make available transcripts from the presentations.  Below are links to them:

Presentation of Richard J. Hodes, M.D., NIA director

Presentation of Andrew B. Singleton, Ph.D., senior investigator and chief, NIA Laboratory of Neurogenetics

Presentation of Susan Peschin, M.H.S., chair, Friends of the NIA, and president & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research

Presentation of Kathryn Jedrziewski, Ph.D., co-chair, Friends of the NIA, and deputy director, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania