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Getting the Balance Right on ACOs

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 26th, 2012

It sounds simple: to fix American health care we just need to spend less on ineffective treatments and invest more in high quality medical care. And like solutions that sound simple, getting this balance right can be devilishly difficult.

Big Boost for Alzheimer's

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: February 9th, 2012

This week’s press event announcing an immediate $50 million infusion of NIH funding to Alzheimer’s research—along with commitments to include an additional $80 million in research dollars and $26 million in services and supports in the President’s FY 2013 budget—was monumental on a number of fronts.

Drumroll please...

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 19th, 2011

And the winner is…medical research? Just in time to avert a government shutdown, Congress passed a $1 trillion spending package on Friday. This bill will fund all of the government agencies through the end of the current fiscal year.

Sargent Shriver's Gift

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 20th, 2011

Twenty-five years ago a young lawyer fresh out of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government came to a fledgling group called the Aging Research Policy Council volunteering free legal services. But first he needed support for pro bono work from his firm’s senior partner, Sargent Shriver.

Final Countdown...

Author: Dan Perry

Date: December 23rd, 2010

For years we have been urging federal funding increases in biomedical research by citing the countdown to the first wave of Baby Boomers turning age 65 and joining the Medicare rolls.

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!

Test Your Techno Tolerance

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: August 22nd, 2008

How do you feel about genetic engineering? What’s your position on stem cell research? Is it ok for us to invest technology that could make us immortal? What kind of restrictions should be placed on our use of technology? Are you a neo-luddite? Transhumanist?

Data on Chronic Disease Helps Inform the Debate

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: July 11th, 2008

While Senators Obama and McCain agree on few things when it comes to overhauling the American health care system, both have acknowledged the importance of a plan that addresses chronic disease—the primary driver of health care costs. 

Podcast Series on Personalized Medicine

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 9th, 2008

According to the a recent Washington Post article, more than 20 companies today offer personalized genomics tests that promise to help you determine what diseases you may get and gain insight into your personality and behavior.

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

With the presidential election looming and the state of our economy in question, it’s not surprising that health care spending continues to be a hot topic.

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.


Responding to the Aging of the Population

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 9th, 2012

A group of aging and Alzheimer’s advocates will be meeting this week with the senior leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to call for an increase in funding for the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In advance of this meeting, the group has orchestrated a sign-on letter to demonstrate widespread support for $1.4 billion, an increase of $300 million, in the FY 2013 NIH Budget to support the NIA. A similar letter was generated last year and garnered more than 400 signatures.

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.  

Article Makes Case for the Extension of Healthspan

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 2nd, 2015

Extension of healthspan on a global scale is of utmost importance as the world population lives longer than ever before. Unless something is done to improve the health of older adults as they age, experts believe the health care systems of many nations could be overwhelmed.

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.  

Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid

Author: Sarah DiGiovine

Date: July 30th, 2015

Fifty years ago on July 30, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 leading to the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Alliance Part of 2015 Healthy Aging Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 28th, 2015

Over the past two days, the Alliance has been a part of—and a proud sponsor of—the first ever 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C. 

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. 

Today Is the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation.

What You Need to Know about the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 10th, 2015

This Monday, July 13, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will bring together people and organizations from throughout the U.S.

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.

Alliance Joins White House Effort to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 2nd, 2015

Today the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship was held in Washington, D.C., to “bring together key human and animal health stakeholders who are eager to take positive action to improve antibiotic use and prescribing in the U.S.” 

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.

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.

New Video on Life of Claude Pepper

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 7th, 2015

Our friends at the Claude Pepper Foundation have put together this moving tribute about the life of this great man. We invite you to take a few minutes to watch his story.

Alliance Submits Suggestions for NIA's Aging Well in the 21st Century

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 15th, 2014

The National Institute on Aging recently put out a call for comments and ideas for a draft of its strategic directions document, Aging Well in the 21st Century.

Conference on Quality Measures Set for This Thursday, October 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 28th, 2014

We wanted to share info about a conference that happens this Thursday, October 30, in Washington, D.C.

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.

Alliance Public Policy VP Cynthia Bens on Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2014

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens was recently asked: As Americans live longer, how can we tackle aging as a major risk factor for chronic disease?

CER for More Patient-Centered Care

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 23rd, 2014

Type: Blog

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 

Turning a Blind Eye on Patients

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 22nd, 2014

Type: Blog

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens discusses AMD and older adults. 

Scratching your head over CER implementation?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 15th, 2013

You are not alone! Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is a tool that can have a significant effect on those receiving health care, particularly older Americans.

Yes, I'm Asking you to Sign a Petition

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: January 9th, 2013

This Alzheimer's petition holds the White House’s and Congress’ feet to the fire on the goals of the first national Alzheimer’s plan—and I am asking you to sign it. 

Heterogeneity or Just Plain ol’ Differences?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 14th, 2012

The Alliance for Aging Research was pleased to be a co-sponsor of the National Pharmaceutical Council’s Myth of the Average Patient Conference in Washington, D.C.

Release of The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 12th, 2012

Last Wednesday the Alliance for Aging Research released the 7th volume of The Silver Book series. This latest volume focuses on vision loss and was released in partnership with the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) during their Decade of Vision: 2010-2020

New Air Standards will Improve Health

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: February 3rd, 2012

New air standards issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December are expected to have far-reaching effects on both pollution and public health. 

PhARMA Patents; Fueling Innovation, Padding Portfolios, or Good Clean Fun?

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: January 25th, 2012

This week in the Wall-Street Journal Dr. Els Torreele, director of the Access to Essential Medicines Initiative of the Open Society Foundation's Public Health Program based in New York, and Dr. Josh Bloom, director of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences at the American Council on Science and Health also based in New York, were asked an interesting question; should patents on pharmaceuticals be extended to encourage innovation?

Alliance Announces New Science Advisors

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: January 3rd, 2012

We are really excited at the Alliance to announce the addition of five new members to our Science Advisory Board including a prominent bioethicist, a world-renowned neurologist, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, a leading longevity researcher, and the only cardiologist to receive all four major cardiovascular research awards. 

Moving Along the Guiderails with CER

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 15th, 2011

In a time where health care spending is sky-rocketing, where will the public draw the line? Evidence from comparative effectiveness research (CER) is increasingly being used in health-care treatment decision-making around the globe, yet there is still a lot to be learned about how the public feels and where they think the lines should be drawn.

Major Step for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: February 13th, 2009

Reaching a major milestone for embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first human clinical trial for a treatment based on embryonic stem cells. The trial—to be conducted by biotechnology company Geron Corp.—will focus on the safety of a treatment for spinal cord injury. The trial will start with up to 10 paralyzed patients who can be treated within 14 days of their injury. If it’s found safe, the company will expand the trial and shift its focus to effectiveness.

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.

The Alliance Comments on White House Aging Conference Policy Brief

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 27th, 2015

This summer the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

What Is the Silver Tsunami?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 21st, 2014

The Silver Tsunami. It's a term we often hear in the news. But what is it actually?

2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Linda Fried

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: June 25th, 2012

We are very excited at the Alliance for Aging Research to announce that Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is the recipient of this year’s MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award. Dr. Fried is a well-respected and well-known scholar and was selected in honor of her innovative work contributing pragmatic solutions to address the rising cost of health care associated with the aging of our nation, preventive strategies aimed at keeping aging populations healthier longer, and thought leadership on the positive contributions that greater longevity brings to society.

Dan Perry Talks about Healthspan at TEDMED 2012

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 2nd, 2012

TEDMED left its home in San Diego this year to debut at the Kennedy Center in DC, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The speaker line-up was full of big names like Francis Collins, Katie Couric, and Billie Jean King and the big ideas ranged from designing new DNA, to using mathematics to personalize cancer treatments, to the shift of the scientific method in the face of a data-dominated world. One particularly interesting talk came from our own President & CEO Daniel Perry, who spoke about whether or not “Cells Have a Mid-Life Crisis.”

Let’s Get Loud

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: April 5th, 2013

To quote Jennifer Lopez ,“C’mon people, let’s get loud!” Hang up your lab coat, leave your pad folios and ipads behind, and dust off your protest sign, it’s time to make some noise for medical research!

Recommendations for Advancing Alzheimer’s Interventions

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 18th, 2012

This week the Alliance for Aging Research and the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) released a new white paper titled Translating Innovation to Impact: Evidence-based interventions to support people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers at home and in their communities.

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.

Seniors Decide Event Spotlights Issues Affecting Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 19th, 2016

The Seniors Decide forum offered a platform to spotlight the issues that are most important to older adults in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.

Advancing Science for Longer, Healthier Lives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 1st, 2016

Why do we advocate for medical research? Our first entry in the Who We Are blog series offers insights. 

HROTW: Infographic on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we offer an infographic on the impact of healthcare-associated infections.

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.

Alliance's Bens Speaks at Capitol Hill Briefing on Precision Medicine

Author: Noel lloyd

Date: June 24th, 2016

On Wednesday, the Alliance’s Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens spoke at a Congressional Life Sciences Caucus briefing about precision medicine on Capitol Hill.

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.

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.

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 Hosts Panel Discussion on the Value of Healthy Aging with the Bipartisan Policy Center

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 25th, 2016

Today, the Alliance and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a panel discussion, titled “Maximizing the Value of Healthy Aging to Society,” to discuss the work of David A. Wise, Ph.D., and the broader issues of assessing value in aging.

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.

Alliance Issues Statement on the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 3rd, 2017

The Alliance has issued the following statement from President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, regarding the introduction of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017

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.

Alliance’s Peschin Presents at Reimagine Aging Conference in Baltimore

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 10th, 2017

The Alliance’s President and CEO Sue Peschin joined a distinguished line up of speakers at the Reimagine AgingSenior Solutions Conference last week in Baltimore, Md. 

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. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

Last month, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed the U.S. Congress. This legislation represents the most sweeping change in the U.S. tax code since 1986.

Now that the act has been passed, we are all asking: How will this affect me?

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