Advocate for NIH Funding

This email about NIH funding may be of interest here. I received it earlier today from the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias. (CBD is a subtype of FTD, and PSP is considered a related disorder.)

Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 20:44:56 +0000 (GMT)
From: <[email protected]>
To: Robin Riddle
Subject: Advocate for NIH Funding

Dear AFTD Community:

Here is a quick and easy way to contact your local Senators to support science investment in the Economic Recovery Package!

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) is prepared to offer an amendment on the Senate floor as early as today, Monday, February 2, 2009 to provide $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the economic recovery package. Please take five minutes to ask your senator to support this crucial amendment today.

This amendment would provide funding for grants that could be distributed by NIH right away. NIH funding is fundamental in promoting research to improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for people suffering from neurological and psychological disorders, including Frontotemporal Dementias. Attaching this amendment to the Economic Recovery Project highlights the importance of science funding for its potential to create jobs and stimulate state and local economic growth.

Our colleagues at the American Brain Coalition are urging all of us to join them in voicing our support for expanding research funding at the NIH. Please follow this link and with a few clicks of the mouse, you can send letters to your Members of Congress. Please visit There will be a ‘Take Action Now’ box. Simply click on “Contact Senators to Support Science Investment in Economic Recovery Package” and follow the steps. The suggested text is fully editable and we encouraged you to personalize your message.

As a community, we can effect change and make sure that FTD gets the awareness and funding it deserves!

Thank you for your immediate attention to this initiative.


Louise O’Conner and Bill Brown
AFTD Advocacy Committee