FY2011 Labor, Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies Appropriations: H.R. 1473 / Public Law 112-10, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 was signed on April 19, 2011. The measure provides $30.7 billion for NIH, a $260 million or 0.8 percent reduction below the FY10 level. The bill does provide $1.4 billion more for NIH than the $29.4 billion level in H.R.1. Funding for the NIH Cures Action Network (CAN) to “conduct and support "revolutionary advances" in translating scientific discoveries from bench to bedside.” authorized in P.L. 111-148, the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, was not included (see NIA Budget Report)
New NIH/NIA Legislation Introduced: H.R.610, Making Investments Now for Dementia Act of 2011 was introduced by U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX). This measure proposes to authorize the issuance of United States bonds to fund Alzheimer's research. H.R. 610 has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Health.
Congressional Briefings and Hearings:
On February 22, The Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research and the Academy of Radiology Research sponsored a congressional staff visit to NIA. Drs. Richard Hodes, Neil Buckholtz, Susan Resnick, Chhanda Dutta, Lis Nielsen and Ron Kohanski briefed the staff on innovative imaging techniques used to advance aging research.
Tamara Jones, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging