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.
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.
The ACC 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.
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
as in 1950. In addition to the human toll -
more than 150 million Americans suffer from diseases
such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, 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
We need an
American Center for Cures which will have a
Manhattan-Project / Moon-Shot sense of urgency. The
Center's success will be measured solely by finding