Bill Would Establish Global Fund For Alzheimer’s.

Roll Call (2/4, Attias, Subscription Publication) reports that some advocates for patients with Alzheimer’s and their families are “lining up behind the idea of establishing a global fund for Alzheimer’s modeled after international efforts to address HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.” Currently, Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) “is putting together a bill that would seek to establish such a fund, which he hopes to bring forward in a few weeks.” Meanwhile, contained within the recently passed omnibus spending bill was an appropriation for $1.2 billion for the National Institute on Aging. In a statement that went along with the bill, “appropriators said they expect a ‘significant portion’ of the boost to go toward research on Alzheimer’s, leaving the specific amount to the agency to avoid what they described as politicizing the peer review system.”

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— “Alzheimer’s Advocates Fight for Piece of Research Pie, “Melissa Attias, Roll Call, February 3, 2014.

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