The American Center(s) for Cures
The miracles of modern science have brought astounding knowledge about diseases, but far too few cures. The American Center(s) for Cures (ACC) will open a new pathway to discovery and focus on the single most important goal that we have for our loved ones with an illness: CURES.
Americans have been incredibly generous. We have supported hundreds of billions of dollars of medical research. Now is the time for our national priority to focus on the application of research to prevent and cure disease.
The ACC initiative is not a replacement or in competition with the National Institutes for Health (NIH) or the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is complementary. It is critical to increase the funding of the NIH and NCI, but Congress must independently fund the ACC to focus on cures.
The American Center(s) for Cures will be led by a Presidential Cabinet-level Director who will report to President and be responsible to the American people for focusing our resources on finding cures. A Cures Council comprised of visionary scientists, doctors and other American leaders will thoughtfully choose diseases for the ACC to focus on. Two determining factors may be Impact on Americans and likelihood of cures. The research will be mission-driven and cures oriented.
Despite extraordinary technological and scientific advances, and the tremendous work of American scientists, almost the same percentage of Americans will die of cancer in 2013 as in 1950. In addition to the human toll - more than 150 million Americans suffer from diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Parkinson's, Diabetes, AIDS, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and many psychiatric disorders - we spend over two trillion dollars each year treating disease. The time has come to end the hopelessness. Let's stop treating symptoms and find a true pathway to cures. We need an American Center(s) for Cures which will have a Manhattan-Project / Moon-Shot sense of urgency. The Center's success will be measured solely by finding cures.
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