Curbelo Welcomes Federal Funding for FIU Alzheimer’s Disease Research

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Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) welcomed a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant of $74,746 for Florida International University (FIU) to continue their research exploring the impact felt by Hispanic communities in the acquisition of Alzheimer’s disease support services.

“Alzheimer's is devastating for patients and their families and I’m pleased to see federal research dollars being directed to projects like those being conducted at Florida International University,” Curbelo said. “This research focusing on Hispanic communities is important to South Florida families and I look forward to learning more about their findings as a result of this grant.”

Curbelo has long championed federal research funding for Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, he introduced the Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp Act with Representative Grace Napolitano (CA-32) to raise awareness for mental health while supporting neurological research being done by the National Institute of Mental Health’s BRAIN Initiative. Curbelo and Napolitano previously introduced this legislation in the 114th Congress and both supported the 21st Century Cures Act, which added $1.51 billion in funding for the BRAIN Initiative.

Funding for this grant was made available in H.R. 244, “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,” legislation supported  by Curbelo.

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