Summary of The Alzheimer’s Gamble

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Advocates contend that even today’s historical rates of research funding aren’t commensurate with the severity of Alzheimer’s or the growing cost of care. The US Congress is filling National Institute of Aging (NIA) coffers with big dollars earmarked to fund Alzheimer’s research. The new funding has already attracted new scientists with unconventional ideas. However, researchers worry that the investment won’t culminate in a preventative treatment or cure by the 2025 deadline set by policy makers. Science reporter Jocelyn Kaiser introduces the reader to how advocates convinced Congress to invest, to what the NIA is doing to handle the monetary influx and to some of the scientists in the trenches.

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Jocelyn Kaiser is a staff writer for Science magazine.



Congress is filling National Institute of Aging coffers with big dollars earmarked to fund dementia-related projects.

Aggressive lobbying efforts led to Alzheimer’s disease research receiving an unusual ramp-up of funding. The amount of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget set aside for Alzheimer’s research increased three-fold over the last three years alone – to $1.9 billion. The total will eventually reach $2.3 billion. The research funding has gone into the National Institute of Aging (NIA), transforming it into one of the largest institutes at the NIH.

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