New Process to Decide Federal Funding for Alzheimer’s Research

An experienced recruiter and entrepreneur, Scott Robarge most recently founded Another8, a recruiting firm that primarily acquires talent for quickly evolving technology companies. Outside of his professional endeavors, Scott Robarge supports the work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently celebrated a new provision under the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act that will ensure Congress is provided with scientific information before deciding funding levels for Alzheimer’s research. Approved by Congress for the 2015 fiscal year, the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act establishes a formal process for determining funding levels every year through 2025, and appropriators will utilize research from the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s scientists to make funding decisions. The new provision is designed to help researchers gain the funding necessary to accomplish the main objective of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which is to discover ways to prevent and successfully treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

In a press release, the Alzheimer’s Association also noted that the 2015 funding bill granted $25 million in additional funding for Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Association stated the resulting $591 million in annual federal funding falls short of the $2 billion a year that scientists estimate is required to meet the National Alzheimer’s Plan’s 2025 goal.