March 25, 2024

Signed appropriations package includes $100 million funding increase for dementia research

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A fiscal year 2024 appropriations package signed Saturday by President Biden will increase funding by $100 million for research into Alzheimer’s and other dementias at the National Institutes of Health and allocate $34 million to fund and continue to implement the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

The $1.2 trillion package included the six remaining FY24 spending bills, with the dementia research funding included as part of the bill to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments. The US Department of Health and Human Services, of which the NIH is a part, will receive a total of $117 billion, and the NIH will receive a total of almost $49 billion, CNN reported. A separate package of six bills funding other parts of government was passed earlier this month.

The latest package passed in the House of Representatives 286-134 on Friday and then passed in the Senate by 74-24 in the wee hours of Saturday morning — the bills had supporters and opponents among both Democrats and Republicans — before being signed by the president later on Saturday.

“Because of this additional $100 million in Alzheimer’s research funding, scientists will be able to drive innovation and accelerate improvements in care, treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s and all other dementia,” Robert Egge, the Alzheimer’s Association’s chief public policy officer and president of the association’s advocacy affiliate, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, said in a statement on Thursday after Congress had agreed on but had not yet voted on the package.

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