Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton would like to increase spending on Alzheimer’s research by $2 billion annually for over a decade, with a goal of curing the disease by 2025.
Mrs. Clinton’s plan calls for the appointment of a team to oversee the effort and consult regularly with top researchers to help ensure their progress. The U.S. spends about $586 million annually in Alzheimer’s research currently, a sum Mrs. Clinton finds woefully inadequate.
“We owe it to the millions of families who stay up at night worrying about their loved ones afflicted by this terrible disease and facing the hard reality of the long goodbye to make research investments that will prevent, effectively treat and make a cure possible by 2025,” Mrs. Clinton said in a statement Tuesday. “The best scientific minds tell us we have a real chance to make groundbreaking progress on curing this disease and relieving the pain so many families feel every day. My plan will set us on that course.”