In 2011, the National Institute of Health spent more than $6 billion on cancer research, compared to less than $480 million on Alzheimer”s disease research.# Those numbers do not seem alarming until you learn there are over 5.4 million people in the United States coping with the debilitating disease, a number that is expected to balloon as the baby boomer generation continues to age.
Since the only FDA approved medications on the market merely slow the progression of the disease, the only way to combat these astonishing figures is to fund research geared at halting the progression and eventually reversing the atrophy in the brain completely.
In 2012, the NeuroScience Foundation is committed to fighting this issue with a physician training program. Gwinnett Technical College is pursuing a grant to fund the development of an eventual Clinical Principal Investigators (CPI) certificate program. The program would potentially train local physicians as CPI”s, a role crucial in the development and advancement of drugs, therapies and medical devices.# Once trained, these physicians will be able to forge a new paradigm and increase the speed and efficiency at which clinical research is conducted.
If you would like more information on the physicians training program or are interested in making a donation to the NeuroScience Foundation to support Alzheimer”s disease research here in the Atlanta area, please call (404) 508-1094 or visit www.nsfoundation.net.