The National Alzheimer’s Project Act  (NAPA) legislation passed in 2011 is galvanizing U.S. efforts to combat Alzheimer’s and related dementias and to support patients and their caregivers. Under NAPA, all federal agencies involved with Alzheimer’s are working together, under the leadership of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to realize the goals set forth in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease . A Federal Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services, made up of federal, state, local, and private sector officials and advocates, is helping guide implementation of the plan.
The national research goal aims to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025. NIA leadership and staff are involved in a number of activities to further that goal. For example, two workshops are planned for 2013 to advance our understanding of dementias.
A 5-minute video about the 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit  featuring NIH officials and grantees is available.