Advisory Council on National Alzheimer’s Plan meets

Research update includes announcement of new awards

As part of the January meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services, Richard Hodes, MD, director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), presented a report on research progress. He announced four awards that NIA will fund via its Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study network. The ADCS, a network of 70 academic and research sites, was established to support the quick and efficient fielding of clinical trials on Alzheimer’s disease. Of the four new awards, one will support a trial on the effects of exercise on mild cognitive impairment. The trial will be led by psychologist Carl Cotman, PhD, of the University of California-Irvine, and Laura Baker, PhD, cognitive neuroscientist at Wake Forest University.

The National Alzheimer’s Plan, published in May 2012, has five primary goals to prevent future cases of Alzheimer's disease and better meet the needs of the many families affected by it:

  • Prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025. 

  • Optimize care quality and efficiency. 

  • Expand supports for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families. 

  • Enhance public awareness and engagement. 

  • Track progress and drive improvement.

Additional information on Alzheimer’s research supported by the NIA is available in the 2011-2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort.

For more information on this issue contact Pat Kobor.