The Power of US and 2012

January 6, 2012 - Trish Vradenburg

When my husband George and I launched the USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network last year, our lofty vision was to unite the power of US - researchers, millions of families and advocates, hundreds of companies and our public officials.

We believed (and still do) that together, we will spur the innovations in science, industry practice and regulatory processes essential to the discovery of safe and effective therapies needed to stop Alzheimer's.

During 2011, the USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network moved quickly. We testified before Congress and were invited to the table to help fashion a bold and transformative plan to attack Alzheimer’s, based on legislation signed in 2011 by President Obama.

Our national mobilization campaign is also making Alzheimer’s an issue in the 2012 presidential campaign that would have gone overlooked as usual if not for US.

Recently, USAgainstAlzheimer's advocates invited all of the 2012 presidential candidates, including President Obama, to record a short video about Alzheimer's and what they would do to stop it if elected. Thus far, we have received videos from Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman. In the near future, we also hope to see videos from the other candidates on this crisis and will share them with you as they emerge.

You can view the videos below:

MICHELE BACHMANN: "It was once predicted we would spend $1 billion a year on polio, maybe even more. Today, polio costs us virtually nothing, because Jonas Salk found a vaccine - a cure - and I'd like to see that same thing happen with Alzheimer's. Because I believe a cure is always better - and cheaper - than more care."

NEWT GINGRICH: "Alzheimer's is going to cost us between now and 2050, as much as 20 trillion dollars, and that's why it's very important that we take steps such as I'm proposing in my brain science initiative."

JON HUNTSMAN: "[Alzheimer's] is a disease with no treatment and no cure, but that doesn't mean there is no hope. Experts believe a cure is possible by the end of this decade, but only with a sustained, targeted, and national commitment. Now it is time for us to declare a War on Alzheimer's, and rally the American people around the belief that this disease is beatable."

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