USAgainstAlzheimer’s Applauds Announcement of Senator Edward Markey as Co-Chair of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force
Sen. Markey will bring proven leadership on Alzheimer’s to Task Force
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) was today announced the new Senate co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. Senator Markey, who lost his mother to Alzheimer’s disease, has proven to be one of Alzheimer’s strongest champions in Congress, working with members of both sides of the aisle to advance Alzheimer’s policy.
As a member of House of Representatives, Markey co-authored the landmark National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which ordered the federal government to develop a comprehensive gameplan to address Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. During his time in the House, the senator also served as the House co-chair of the Task Force with Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
George Vradenburg, Chairman of USAgainstAlzheimer’s, and member of the Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services, which provided the federal government with recommendations for the national Alzheimer’s plan, issued this statement in response to the news:
“Few have fought as hard to advance Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support policy as Senator Markey, a true champion in the fight to stop the disease by 2025.
“Alzheimer’s is now more costly than cancer or heart disease, and will soon spiral out of control, triggering the next major fiscal crisis of our time.
“I’m confident that as co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Task Force, the senator will continue to spearhead the effort to advance the type of dramatic investment necessary to speed our pace towards an effective treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s so that we can prevent the next global health and financial catastrophe.”
USAgainstAlzheimer's is an independent, non-profit organization and advocacy campaign committed to stopping Alzheimer's by 2020. USAgainstAlzheimer's works to speed the discovery of a treatment or cure for Alzheimer's by advancing policy and resources that support innovative Alzheimer's research. For more information, visit www.usagainstalzheimers.org.