the goal of The American Center(s) for Cures is to prevent or cure three or four diseases in the next 10 years.



The Ultimate Health Care Solution And
What You Can And Must Do.
How Your Can Help

The miracles of modern science have bought astounding knowledge about diseases, but far too few cures.  The American Center(s) for Cures (ACC) aims to 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.

Read what some of our supporters have said about The American Center(s) for Cures:

"I can enthusiastically support ACC now. Please let me know how I can help."

Leland Hartwell, Ph. D.
Nobel Laureate, Medicine and Physiology, 2001
President, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

"I fully endorse the ACC project and I would be pleased if you could include my name among those who support this project."

With Best Wishes

Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., MDhc (Multi), DSc hc
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1977
Distinguished Medical Research Scientist of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Head of the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Research Service (151) Miami, FL and
South Florida VA Foundation for Research and Education
Distinguished Leonard Miller Professor of Pathology
Professor Division of Hematology/Oncology
and Division of Endocrinology Department of Medicine
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, FL

"The American Center(s) for Cures will be a tremendous addition to our nation's valuable tradition of biomedical research.  By emphasizing translational and applications research as well as discovery of diagnostic markers, the ACC will bring the hope of basic science discovery to the reality of patient care.  The mandate and goal will be to prevent, early diagnose, or cure the diseases that cause such suffering to humanity.  This effort will promote health diplomacy that will bring the genius and resources of our nation to better the health of all Americans."

Secretary Tommy Thompson
Former Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 2001-2005
Former Governor, State of Wisconsin, 1987-2001

"The AMA supports the goals of the [American Center for Cures] Act to encourage mission-driven results to enhance our nation's ability to treat patients' present and future illnesses.

- The American Medical Association

"The Arthritis Foundation supports the passage of this legislation."

Kevin Brennan

Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, Arthritis Foundation

"The need for a federal focus on finding cures has long been a top priority for all of us who seek the rapid translation of scientific advances into personal health benefits. With their landmark legislative proposal, Sen.'s Cochran and Lieberman have taken a critical step along our path to cures."

S. Robert Levine MD
Chairman of the Health Priorities Project of the Progressive Policy Institute.

"Cures for life-altering diseases are within the combined grasp of science, government, academia and industry, IF we can provide the right motivation and management. Proper planning, financial resources and business management can create the leadership, harness the energy, translate the knowledge, manage the collaboration and focus on the goal of getting these cures to patients. The American Center(s) for Cures is the vehicle to get this done."

Dr. Bruce E. Bloom

One of the failures of modern American medical science and research has been the fragmentation of the effort. While we attract brilliant scientists and provide them the world’s most modern technology, the pace of our progress against catastrophic diseases has been too slow. One reason is that research is conducted independently at various centers. Such duplication of effort is uneconomical and counterproductive.

The American Center(s) for Cures addresses the shortcomings of these current imperfect efforts and offers a logical and practical re-thinking of how to get to the finish line faster. When manpower/talent from assorted disciplines interact and pool knowledge and experience, the pace of the learning accelerates. Further, the ACC is dedicated to moving the achievements of laboratory science more quickly to the bedside. No longer should basic science research stand as a separate field. Such research should not be conducting strictly for research’s sake but rather must be immediately translated to improved patient treatments.

Rather than tolerate energy and resource depletion from competition between centers without a keen eye on the prize of curing human illness, we need to mobilize our most promising talent and then gather them together with all necessary technical support.

The ACC has the model for a modern-day medical Manhattan Project.

Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Clinical Instructor
UCLA Center for the Health Sciences

"As Governors around the country look to transform our complex health care system, we must seek new cost-effective solutions that continue to improve our overall health and productivity," said Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.  "The American Center(s) for Cures represents a bi-partisan effort to devote significant and lasting resources toward an innovative approach to disease treatment and management, offering Americans grappling with chronic and debilitating diseases the lasting gift of hope."

Governor Jennifer Granholm, Michigan

"Finding cures will improve the health of mankind.  As an example, by simply delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease by five years, the health and productivity of older Americans will be enhanced.  Developing cures will provide American families with a better quality of health care that can be sustained over a longer period of time.  That is why I urge the establishment of The American Center(s) for Cures."

Governor Tom Vilsack, Iowa

"For far too long, our approach to disease cure has been biforcated and bereft of true collaboration and sharing. Academic medicine, big pharma and entrepreneurial biotech have vastly different and sometimes even conflicting agendas. However, for those afflicted with life threatening diseases--which at some point will be all of us and our loved ones--getting tenure or expanding profits matter far less than finding cures. The time is now to put finding cures above all else and only true collaboration and sharing will speed that day. I applaud the establishment of The American Center(s) for Cures. Its work is urgent and its mission sacred."

Marc Pollick
President and Founder
The Giving Back Fund

"The American Center(s) for Cures is a timely and creative proposal for tackling an urgent national challenge: the skyrocketing costs of treating and preventing chronic diseases. The confluence of such diseases and a graying population not only threatens to make health care unaffordable, but also jeopardizes prospects for healthy and successful aging. The Center would focus the prodigious talents of our scientific community on specific strategies to cure disease, saving lives and money over the long run."

Will Marshall
President, Progressive Policy Institute

"The American Center(s) for Cures is a simple, bold, breakthrough idea: A can-do country ought to have the capacity to solve chronic problems, not just treat them."

Bruce Reed,
President, Democratic Leadership Council

"I certainly support it."

T. Michael Bolger, J.D.
President and C.E.O.
Medical College of Wisconsin

"I enthusiastically support The American Center(s) for Cures Act of 2005.  It is heartening to see that our nation's leaders have proposed this important bi-partisan legislation to improve the health of all Americans.  The American Center(s) for Cures (ACC) will bring to our patients what they have been desperately requesting: applying basic science research to their loved ones, their friends and themselves.  As the Dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, a pediatrician, a clinical and basic science researcher, I believe the ACC will continue the greatest goal of medicine, namely to prevent, diagnose early and cure diseases."

Phillip M. Farrell, M.D.,Ph.D.
Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership
Former Dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs

"I believe The American Center(s) for Cures (ACC) is a wonderful effort that focuses physicians and scientists on bringing the discoveries of the laboratory to the patient.  The lives of many Americans will be improved by having the ACC bring to bear new resources in the fight against chronic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders.  I enthusiastically support The American Center(s) for Cures and hope that my colleagues in biomedical research will join me."

Stanley Prusiner, M. D.
Nobel Laureate, Medicine and Physiology, 2001
University of California, San Francisco

"The proposed ACC offers a blend of existing federal activities in health research with several new initiatives, all aimed at speeding the move from discovery to products that help human health.  The proposal has multiple components including strengthening existing NIH authorities in support of small business.  When enacted and in operation the results of this new  focused activity should be very visible with improvements to the public health that would not be possible without this new money with mandates on how it is spent."

Robert Day, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Emeritus Professor and Dean, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Emeritus Professor and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Member, Public Health Sciences
Member:  National Cancer Advisory Board, National Cancer Policy Board, Former President of the Association of  Schools of Public Health
Former President of the American Association of Cancer Institutes

"The establishment of an American Center for Cures with its emphasis, prominence and integration into the rest of the United States organization of health care related ventures would represent an enormous step forward. The focus of the Center on translation of basic science initiatives to the clinical arena will benefit those whose support has taken us to the present date. I applaud the initiative."

Fritz H Bach, M.D.
Lewis Thomas Distinguished Professor
Harvard Medical School.

"Medical discoveries over the past century have greatly increased the quality and quantity of human life.  New insights into biology will make even more advances possible.  The American Center(s) for Cures will make the translation of biological discoveries to the patient occur not only faster but much more likely to happen. It is hard to imagine another investment that would extend the quality and quantity of life than fully funding The American Center(s) for Cures."

James O. Armitage, M. D.   
Joe Shapiro Professor of Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198

2000-2003         Dean, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska

2005-present      Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, The French Institut National du Cancer

2000-present      Member, National Cancer Advisory Board

2000-01           President, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

1997-02           Board of Directors, American Board of Internal Medicine

1996-97           President, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Association of American Physicians

Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

"This is a very timely and well thought out program for advancing the human research enterprise nationally.  This is a critical time for moving the rapidly accumulating scientific database to healthcare benefits for the public.  The centers of care will seek to overcome many of the roadblocks and provide a pathway to success.  I support these efforts." 

Ralph Freedman, M.D.
Professor of Gynecology
M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center

"I am pleased to support The American Center(s) for Cures (ACC) proposed legislation that you introduced to the United Sates Senate on Wednesday, December 7.  This legislation is critical and in the translation of advances in fundamental biomedical science to improvements in the care of people.  Please let me know if I can help make this dream a reality."


Lee Goldman, MD, MPH
Columbia Unversity College of Physicians and Surgeons
Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine.
New York, New York

"I enthusiastically support The American Center(s) for Cures (ACC) Senate legislation.  The ACC will focus our nation's scientists and doctors on applying basic scientific discoveries to help the patient.  This critical approach to research will not only help our friends and loved ones with their health, it will be the 21st Century American approach to solving the health care financial crisis.  By eliminating or reducing certain diseases for all Americans, the looming federal and state Medicare and Medicaid financial tsunami will be markedly reduced.  There is no time to lose.  I urge the immediate passage of the ACC legislation."

Stephen Gleason, D. O., Ph.D. (deceased)

Former CEO Mercy Clinics
Former VP Medical Operations for Catholic Health Initiatives
Former White House advisor
Former chief of staff, Governor Tom Vilsack
Former Presidential Representative to the World Health Organization
Assistant Professor, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

"The American Center(s) for Cures will be the engine that brings basic science discoveries and apply them to the patient.  It has been said that women and minorities are not dying from the lack of research; they are dying from the lack of research being applied to them.  The ACC will focus the talent of the greatest scientists and clinicians for one singular purpose: to cure, prevent, or diagnose earlier diseases that afflict so many in the world.   As a mother, nurse, researcher, and educator, I believe that the ACC will bring better health to all of us.  The time is now...let us not waste another moment."

Sandra Underwood, RN, PhD

University of Wisconsin School of Nursing

"I am very supportive of The American Center(s) for Cures."


Samir Z. Abu-Ghazaleh, M. D.
Gynecologic Oncologist
Avera Cancer Institute

"I believe this is a great idea and will help in any way possible." 


Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.
Associate Professor
Deputy Director, Chronic Disease Prevention & Control
Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine

"I support the idea." 

Jean DeKernion, M. D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Urology
Director, Jonsson Cancer Center
UCLA Medical Center CHS 66-143  UR 19

"The American Center(s) for Cures is a remarkable idea that will be the bridge between the promise of scientific opportunities and the reality of our nation's health needs – to deliver cures.  Americans deserve a center that is totally dedicated to finding cures for our most devastating and debilitating chronic diseases.  The ACC is the natural extension of the doubling of the NIH budget.  Now we must have as a top national priority an accountable, mission-driven Center for Cures to rapidly identify "cure opportunities" already created by federal, academic and private research laboratories and proactively accelerate and rapidly translate these opportunities into real cures.

In an era expanding needs, exploding knowledge of the biomedical sciences, and demands of the public to have the knowledge applied to their loved ones' ailments, The American Center(s) for Cures offers new hope and dynamic reality to Americans.  The American Center(s) for Cures is the opportunity to commit the American genius, resources, and ethic to a greater cause in a "moonshot" approach to diseases." 


Richard J. Boxer, M. D.
Professor of Clinical Urology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Clinical Professor, Health Policy, Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical Professor, Surgery/Urology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Having reviewed the material you so kindly sent me, I want to applaud this pioneering, entrepreneurial approach which will undoubtedly accelerate the process by which we discover and implement cures for diseases and improve and enrich the quality of life of tens of millions of Americans.  I hope that this bold solutions-oriented approach will have overwhelmingly bi-partisan support in Congress and that it will be signed into law by the President at the earliest possible moment."

Steve Grossman

Former Chair, Democratic National Committee
C.E.O. Massachusetts Envelope Company

Boston, MA

"The American Center(s) for Cures is the best new idea in Washington DC in a generation. It is timely, creative and compelling."

Joe Andrew

Former Chair, Democratic National Committee
Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, LLP
Washington, DC

"The combination of NIH and industry-supported research, combined with venture capital,  has been very successful in bringing new drugs based on fundamental biological discoveries into commercial reality.  In areas that combine fundamental biology and physical science and engineering—biomedical devices, analytical, genomic, and diagnostic tools, bioinformation systems, tissue engineering—the current system works substantially less well."

George Whitesides, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry Harvard Medical School, (given in 2004)

"The concept of the new institute is exciting."

Arthur W. Nienhuis, M.D.

Director, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (given in 2004)

"The concept and its underlying philosophy are right on target. We need to open cancer research in prevention, early diagnosis, and cure to scientists in diverse fields that include physicists, chemists, computer scientists and mathematicians."

Frederick P. Li, M.D.
Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Control
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (given in 2004)

"The American Center(s) for Cures will be extraordinarily important for all Americans, and indeed all humanity.  The new Center will combine scientific disciplines that have previously not been brought to bear upon biomedical problems.  This is a unique and desperately needed approach which will break through the impasse and finally bring the formidable power of all science to focus and solve the diseases that plague the world.
The American Center(s) for Cures has been designed to bring accountability and responsibility for ultimate cures.  Its success will be measured by cures and cures alone. As a father, husband, entrepreneur, and one who has seen too much suffering, I believe it is incumbent upon us to take a bold approach to biomedical research that will make our children and future generations free of the diseases that have afflicted us and our ancestors. Let our descendents look back at our generation and say, 'They reached for the stars, and found they were capable of conquering old paradigms, fears, and diseases.'"


Lou Weisbach
C.E.O. Stadium Capital Associates
Founder, HA-LO Industries, Inc.

"Oscar Wilde once wrote, 'Morality, like art, begins with a line being drawn someplace.'

With tremendous suffering and disease so prevalent in our country, The American Center(s) for Cures' (ACC) proposed legislation being introduced by Senators Lieberman and Cochran draws a line in the sand for health and extending the lifetime of every individual.  From a religious point of view, this certainly responds to the notion that we are identified with life affirmation.

I heartily endorse this legislation."


Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs
Temple Kol Tikvah
Woodland Hills, CA

Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor, Tikkun Magazine

Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue

San Francisco, California





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