Friday, March 09, 2012

Alzheimers group seeks $2 billion a year for research

Finding a cure or way to slow down the progression of the disease would require $2 billion in yearly funds, said William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer for the Alzheimer's Association.

"Without the spending in that range ($2 billion), we're not going to see the progress we need to see," he said. He adds that the last successful research to find a treatment for a symptom of the disease was in 2003. "You can't make progress with the sort of investments made to date."

The National Institute on Aging is holding a May summit to gather expert input for research priorities. Among those expected to attend, Thies said, are 16 highly esteemed researchers who developed the $2 billion price tag for research.

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