February 2011

President Releases FY2012 Budget

On February 14 President Obama released his budget request for fiscal year 2012. The proposed budget would increase the FDA’s appropriated funding by $382 million to $2.365 billion, exclusive of user fees. This increase includes approximately $170 million for food programs and $80 million for medical product programs. Other large increases would support programs in the Commissioner’s office that increase FDA’s scientific base.

During this time when deficit reduction is top of mind and both the House and Senate struggle to reach agreement on how to fund the government for the remaining months of the current fiscal year, the President’s proposed increase for the agency recognizes the critical role FDA plays. While a divided Congress may find it difficult to accept his recommendations, it is critically important that the President made this necessary exception and did not propose flat funding or cuts for the agency.

To view the President’s Budget for FY2012, click here.

Highlights from the 5th Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Conference

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) held its 5th Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Conference inSan Diego,CA on February 6-8, 2011.  This annual conference is focused on training scientists on the process of translating research findings into treatments for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.  Approximately 145 scientists from academia, industry and government, across career levels and disciplines, attended.

Conference sessions focused on medicinal chemistry for biologists, early phases of drug discovery – from high throughput screening through lead optimization to pre-clinical proof of concept, and preparing the scientific and regulatory requirements for clinical trials. The conference also covered pertinent issues related to technology transfer and working with industry partners as well as real-world case studies across the neurodegenerative disease spectrum (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and Multiple Sclerosis).

To view a full meeting summary and tutorial, including a listing of the relevant resources presented in the conference, visit www.worldeventsforum.com/addf/.