WASHINGTON, June 18, 2018 – In anticipation of the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee mark up of FY 2019 appropriations legislation, the Alliance for Aging Research’s (Alliance) President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, released the following statement:
On behalf of the Alliance for Aging Research, I commend the outstanding bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey, and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro for their support to increase funding for biomedical research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and across the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIA and NIH play critically-important roles in advancing basic, translational, clinical and other evidence-based research into age-related chronic diseases that disproportionately affect older people, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
As Congress prepares FY 2019 appropriations legislation, the Alliance is requesting a $500 million increase in the NIH budget and a minimum $425 million increase specific to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). A meaningful increase in NIH-wide funding, together with aging and ADRD-specific increases, will go a long way toward advancing research into new discoveries that will make a lasting difference to the lives of millions of older Americans.
The Alliance will continue to support the work of House and Senate Appropriators as the process moves forward on FY 2019 appropriations legislation that seeks to accelerate biomedical research that will empower older adults to live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce health care costs over the long term.
About the Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance believes advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce healthcare costs over the long term. For more than 30 years, the Alliance has guided efforts to substantially increase funding and focus for aging at the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration; built influential coalitions to guide groundbreaking regulatory improvements for age-related diseases; and created award-winning, high-impact educational materials to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their family caregivers. For more information, visit www.agingresearch.org
Lauren Smith Dyer
Vice President of Communications