Jackson, MS – As the largest Alzheimer’s advocacy organization in the world, the Alzheimer’s Association, and its relentless advocates, applaud Congress for creating a formal process to ensure that scientific judgment will guide them in future Alzheimer’s research funding decisions. The Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter advocates have been meeting with congressional staff and hosting community events with the Mississippi Congressional delegation since the beginning of 2014 about the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act (H.R. 4351/S. 2192). The nonpartisan legislation was co-sponsored by Senator Cochran, Senator Wicker, Congressman Harper, and Congressman Thompson.
The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act authorizes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit a Professional Judgment Budget to Congress justifying funding for critical Alzheimer’s research. This Professional Judgment Budget will be formulated by the experts at the NIH to reflect the resources needed to accomplish the goals of the National Alzheimer’s Plan in each fiscal year leading up to 2025. It will reflect the state of Alzheimer’s research and call out the most promising opportunities according to leading scientists.