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.

The letter states:

“In stark contrast to the rapidly-rising costs of healthcare for the aging, we as a nation are making a miniscule, and declining, investment in the prevention, treatment or cure of aging conditions. While the current dollars appropriated to NIA seem to have risen significantly since FY 2003, when adjusted for inflation, they have decreased almost 18 percent in the last nine years. According to the NIH Almanac, out of each dollar appropriated to NIH, only 3.6 cents goes toward supporting the work of the NIA.”

To add your name to the letter and support this effort, please email [email protected] by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

UPDATE: This letter was delivered to Dr. Francis Collins on January 12, 2012. More than 500 scientists supported this effort nationwide.