Public Policy

One of the Alliance’s most important missions is to advocate for aging research by working with legislators, health experts and other like-minded organizations. Our public policy efforts are summarized here.

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Why Medical Research Matters

Date: September 15th, 2015

Every day millions of Americans and their loved ones face the challenge of dealing with conditions such as stroke, heart valve disease, Alzheimer's disease, and others. Learn their personal stories and why they say medical research matters.

Press Room

Alliance Supports Retention of Dr. Francis Collins as NIH Director

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: June 7th, 2017

Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, has issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's decision to retain Dr. Francis Collins as National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director.


Alliance Statement on FY 2018 White House Proposed Budget on NIH, FDA, CDC

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: May 23rd, 2017

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, has issued the following statement in response to the White House’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget.


Alliance Supports Funding Increase for NIH in Congressional FY 2017 Spending Package

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: May 1st, 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research’s President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, has released the following statement in response to the Fiscal Year 2017 spending package released today, which provides $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Alliance Statement in Support of the March for Science

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: April 21st, 2017

Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) President and CEO, Susan Peschin, MHS, has issued the following statement in support of the April 22, 2017, March for Science.


Alliance Applauds Obama Administration's Committment to Alzheimer's

Date: February 7th, 2012

The Alliance for Aging Research applauds the Obama Administration for reprogramming $50 million from the current budget to Alzheimer’s disease and pledging an additional $80 million for Alzheimer’s research in the next budget cycle.


Alliance Applauds Nomination of Collins to be NIH Director

Date: July 1st, 2009

Daniel Perry, executive director of the not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research, issued a statement applauding the nomination of Dr. Collins.


2009 Task Force on Aging Research Funding

Date: May 1st, 2009

Calls for at least a 7% increase in NIH funding for FY 2010


President's Budget Lacks Funds to Stem 'Silver Tsunami'

Date: February 7th, 2007

The Alliance for Aging Research today warned that the president’s proposed FY 2008 budget lacks sufficient funding to address the growing burden of age-related chronic diseases. 


Alliance Commends NIH for New Medical Research Plan

Date: October 2nd, 2003

Alliance for Aging Research praises the new National Institutes of Health plan that seeks to foster a scientific structure conducive to accelerating the rate of medical discoveries.


Task Force Urges Congress to Complete the Commitment to NIH

Date: April 16th, 2002

Task Force Comprising Over 50 Groups Urges Congress To Complete the Commitment to NIH

Publications


Public Comments

Letter on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2017

A group of almost 800 organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, sent this letter to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to urge them "to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2018 302(b) subcommittee allocation" for programs and services administered by the departments and agencies under Labor-HHS’s jurisdiction.



Public Comments

FY 2018 Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Testimony from the Alliance

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: 2017

This is testimony from the Alliance for Aging regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations process. It notes that "there is an ever-increasing need for sustained investment in the NIH, CDC, and AHRQ. Our testimony will highlight critical health concerns that disproportionately affect older adults and initiatives supported by our federal health agencies that are addressing them."

 



Public Comments

Letter to President Trump on Federal Public Health and Biomedical Research Workforce and Federal Hiring

Author: Various

Date: 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research joined other organizations in calling on President Donald J. Trump to consider of the vital role of the federal public health and biomedical research workforce to the United States as he considers long-term policy regarding federal hiring.








Public Comments

FY16 Afib Appropriations Sign-On Letter

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed onto a letter requesting the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and other relevant NIH agencies, institutes, and offices provide technical assistance and otherwise support an effort to improve prevention of AFib-related stroke in older persons.



Testimony

Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations for the National Institute on Aging: U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Date: 2007

Daniel Perry of the Alliance for Aging Research, and Carol Schutz of the Gerontological Society of America, submitted this testimony on behalf of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging. The testimony called for a 6.7% overall increase for the National Institutes of Health for FY 2008 and additional resources for NIA in order to avoid continued cuts in existing grants and to sustain training and research opportunities for new investigators.



Testimony

Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations for the National Institute on Aging: U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Date: 2006

Daniel Perry of the Alliance for Aging Research, and Carol Schutz of the Gerontological Society of America, submitted this testimony on behalf of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging. The testimony called for a 5% overall increase for the National Institutes of Health for FY 2007 and additional resources for NIA in order to avoid an 18% cut in existing grants and to sustain training and research opportunities for new investigators.

Blog

The Rally for Medical Research Comes to Washington, D.C., September 14

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 12th, 2017

This Thursday, September 14, the Rally for Medical Research brings thousands of Americans of Washington, D.C., to urge policymakers to make funding for medical research a national priority. 


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Summer Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 21st, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) hosted its summer seminar on Thursday, July 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., on the NIH Campus (Building 49, Room 1A51/1A59). The seminar, titled "Hematopoietic Stem Cells Aging - Mechanisms, Consequences and Interventions," featured Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué of the Columbia University Medical Center.


Tomorrow Is the March for Science

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 21st, 2017

This Saturday, April 22, thousands of people will gather in the shadow of the Washington Monument to march for not just a cause, but in support of one of humanity’s most important endeavors: science.


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Winter Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: February 14th, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) held its winter seminar, titled "Bone Marrow Aging and the PTH Receptor: A Model of Integrative Physiology," on Wednesday, February 1.

 


Alliance Urges President-Elect Trump to Retain Dr. Francis Collins as NIH Director

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 16th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research authored a letter that was signed by 79 other patient and research nonprofit organizations, individual researchers, and companies urging President-elect Donald Trump to retain Dr. Francis Collins as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in his administration. 


Alliance Releases Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 7th, 2016

The Senate today approved landmark legislation overhauling the development of medical treatments and cures for patients, which represents the culmination of a multi-year, bipartisan initiative in Congress. Here is a statement from Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin.


GeroScience Interest Group Kicks off Seminar Series

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: November 2nd, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) will launch its 2016-2017 GSIG seminar series this Thursday at the NIH campus. The first GSIG seminar, titled “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health,” will be led by Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).  


An Update on 21st Century Cures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 31st, 2016

We provide an update on the 21st Century Cures Act, an important piece of legislation that the Alliance has been advocating for.


Alliance Debuts New Video at Rally for Medical Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 22nd, 2016

Today, at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C., Alliance president and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, introduced a new video that shares the moving stories of patients and their loved ones who have taken on the challenge of living with diseases and conditions such as heart disease, chronic pain, and stroke.


Don't Miss This Seminar on Nutrition, Fasting, Longevity, and Diseases

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) holds its spring seminar with Dr. Valter Longo  from the University of Southern California on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases. 


May Events for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 4th, 2016

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 


An Update on the 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 15th, 2016

Learn more about the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit that was held in New York City on April 13 and 14.


NIA's Dr. Felipe Sierra on This Month's Geroscience Summit in NYC

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 6th, 2016

The National Institute on Aging's Dr. Felipe Sierra talks about this month's Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City.


Bill for Alzheimer’s Disease Postal Stamp Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 2nd, 2016

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives for a Alzheimer's disease research postal stamp.


The President’s Budget: Read the Numbers, Not the Headlines

Author: Ryne Carney

Date: February 18th, 2016

The Obama administration’s FY 2017 vision for the federal government does not include continuing increases for America’s biomedical research community.


Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.


National Geographic Channel Special on Healthspan, Sunday, November 29

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 23rd, 2015

This Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET, the National Geographic Channel will debut an important special, The Age of Aging. Directed by Ron Howard, it highlights the pioneering research dedicated to extending our healthy years of life, or healthspan.  


Participate in an Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 12th, 2015

Participating in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials is a valuable way you and your loved ones can personally impact this disease.


NIH Director Collins Gives Insights on Latest in Medical Research on Charlie Rose Show

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 9th, 2015

Francis Collins, Ph.D., M.D., the director of the National Institutes of Health, appeared on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS to discuss the state of medical research in the United States.


Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the Value of NIH and Caregivers

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 15th, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) was the recipient of the Alliance's Distinguished Public Service Award.


Alliance Debuts New Video on NIH's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 17th, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted a new video on the impact of the National Institutes of Health at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C.  


It's Healthy Aging Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 8th, 2015

Healthy Aging Month provides an opportunity to educate on the importance of healthy aging so we can ensure our later years are not just more numerous, but lived in good health.


Alliance Shoots Video in Support of NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 22nd, 2015

Yesterday, we spent the day at the offices of the Interface Media Group to shoot a video on the vital importance of medical research to the national fabric of the United States.


Seeking Local DC People for Video in Support of the NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 20th, 2015

Do you live in the DC area? Do you support the cause of the National Institutes of Health?  If so, we want to invite you to participate in the making of a video we are shooting this Wednesday, July 22.


Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin on Being at the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging was held in Washington, D.C. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin was among the individuals in attendance. 


Alliance Applauds Passage of 21st Century Cures Act in House

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 10th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has issued the following statement on the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, or H.R. 6, today in the U.S. House of Representatives.


HROTW: The Value of Aging Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 9th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week is inspired by an important piece of legislation that's currently being considered in the U.S. Congress.


Friends of the NIA Comments on Senate NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 26th, 2015

The Friends of the NIA has made the following statement on the Senate NIH Funding bill.


Friends of the NIA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2015

The Friends of the NIA (FoNIA) held a Capitol Hill briefing on June 22 on "Turning Discovery into Health: Learn about the Latest at the National Institute on Aging."


Friends of the NIA Comments on House NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 18th, 2015

The Alliance's Friends of the NIA initiative has released the following statement on the House NIH funding bill.


The 21st Century Cures Act: A Critical Bill to Improve the Future of Medical Research in America

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 12th, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act represents a positive change in how American biomedical research will be conducted and streamlines the processes intended to deliver new medical cures and treatment to patients.


NIH Puts Focus on Alzheimer's

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 16th, 2015

Over the last couple of weeks, the National Institutes of Health has shared several updates about its work surrounding Alzheimer's disease and dementia. 


New Video on the History of the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 20th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has just released a new video chronicling the first three decades of our organization.


A Bleak Future for American Medical Research...Unless We Act Now

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 16th, 2015

Alliance Founder Dan Perry on the current state of medical research in the U.S.


Matching the Needs of Patients with Those of Our Federal Health Agencies

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: February 12th, 2015

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Aging Research responded to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative and its recently released discussion draft.


We Are More Alike Than We Realize

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: January 22nd, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin gives comments on precision medicine, MHS.


Healthspan Explained in Four Points and Six Minutes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Here is a series of short videos that communicates why we believe the extension of healthspan is such an important priority.


Geroscience and the Links Between Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2014

The journal Cell recently published an article titled “Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease.” It was authored by some of the leading lights in the field of geroscience.


Letter to President Obama: More Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 30th, 2014

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has 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.


Rally for Medical Research Is September 18

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 3rd, 2014

We wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.


Capitol Hill Briefings Lend Insights into Aging Research at the NIA

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2014

The Friends of the NIA, a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the National Institute on Aging and its aging research efforts.


A Champion Falls

Author: Dan Perry

Date: May 25th, 2010

U.S. primary elections have taken down a fierce champion of medical research. For all of us who count on cures and treatments for the diseases that shorten and stunt human lives, the absence of Arlen Specter from the U.S. Senate will be deeply felt.


NIH Accepts Public Comments on Draft Stem Cell Guidelines

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 7th, 2009

In response to President Obama’s March 9th Executive Order lifting the Bush Administration’s restrictions on stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued draft guidelines on the federal funding of this research. The public comment period for the draft is open through May 26th so there’s still time to have your voice heard!


A Research Jolt for Economic Stimulus

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 17th, 2009

Medical research will get a huge boost from the economic stimulus about to be signed into law by President Obama.

 

Newsletter

Highlights from This Year in Public Policy

Date: December 9th, 2015

From Capitol Hill to the NIH to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it was a busy year for the Alliance on the public policy front.


New Video Demonstrates Why Research Matters

Date: December 6th, 2015

Why does research at the National Institutes of Health matter? After seeing this video, you'll understand why the NIH=National Institutes of Hope for millions of people throughout the U.S.


Geroscience: The Science of Aging

Date: October 10th, 2013

While the study of the science behind aging is not new, it has only recently become organized and recognized enough to warrant its own name—geroscience. Geroscience is a field that aims to understand the relationship between aging and age-related disease. Geroscientists and their supporters believe that this relationship is the key to finding new ways to prevent, slow, and cure the diseases that disproportionately impact us as we grow older. Scientists now generally agree that aging—and the disease and dysfunction that comes with it—is changeable and capable of being slowed.


Buying a House and Federal Funding Agencies: What a Homebuyer's Budget Has in Common with a 302(b) Allocation

Date: July 1st, 2013

When purchasing a home, many couples experience a rollercoaster ride of emotions stemming from the numerous decisions they must make together—decisions that affect each other and their future. From choosing a preferred house style, to coming up with a list of “must have” features, the negotiations can seem endless, and a compromise can be daunting.


Taxes or Medical Research? Tensions Rise in the Battle to Reduce the Deficit

Date: February 1st, 2013

The country did not go over the "fiscal cliff" thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which was passed by Congress on New Year’s Day.  While fears loomed that lawmakers would fail to act in time, ATRA addressed the expiration of numerous tax credits, raised some revenue, and temporarily delayed automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect on December 31, 2012. When ATRA became law America earned a temporary reprieve from imminent economic catastrophe.  However, our health and personal economic security may still suffer from the fallout resulting from actions taken by policymakers struggling to find a more permanent solution to the nation’s fiscal woes.


An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Are We Sacrificing Health for a Balanced Budget?

Date: May 1st, 2012

Last summer, lawmakers were not just feeling the heat of the August sun in Washington when Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011(BCA). Under pressure to raise the country’s debt ceiling, the BCA allowed the president to do so by up to $2.8 trillion, but only by requiring the deficit to be slashed by $2.3 trillion over the next decade. Not a bad trade, right? Think again. The methods used to make these cuts could take a fat slice out of the federal budget that pays for research to prevent diseases we all fear as we grow older like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and heart disease.


Bracing for the Silver Tsunami: Aging Research May Save Lives and Money

Date: May 1st, 2011

Investigators supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are on the cusp of research breakthroughs that could enhance their abilities to predict and intervene earlier in the processes of many age-related chronic diseases. In particular, rapid progress in recent years in advancing understanding of the aging process has led to considerable knowledge of how scientists might increase human health in later life by opposing the primary risk factor for most disease of aging—aging itself.


CAN You Help Find a Cure? Funding May Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

Date: May 1st, 2010

After a long fought battle over how best to structure meaningful health reform legislation, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in March. Many media sources are reporting on the negative financial impact some health reform provisions might have on the country, but little attention has been focused on positive aspects of the bill that could make a real difference in the lives of many people suffering from, or who will face, serious and life-threatening illnesses.


Restoring a Committment to Medical Research

Date: July 1st, 2009

Investigators supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are on the cusp of research breakthroughs that may enhance their ability to predict and intervene earlier in the processes of many age-related chronic diseases.


Boosting the NIH Budget Will Better Our Lives

Date: May 1st, 2001

It doesn't happen often, but when it comes to boosting funding for medical research, Republicans and Democrats have found a subject on which they all can agree. This rare bipartisan agreement makes it all the more imperative that Congress accelerate its funding of research on diseases that affect older Americans.


Underfunding of Medical Research Threatens Your Future Health

Date: May 1st, 1999

Although medical research is a major avenue to healthy aging, it is seriously under-funded. The Clinton Administration's budget for next year includes only a 1.4 percent increase in the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America's premier federal agency for medical research. That represents the smallest increase in the NIH budget this decade.

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