National Parkinson Foundation Supports Implementation of the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN)

Release date: 2/16/2011

The National Parkinson Foundation is one of 77 organizations that signed on to the Parkinson’s Action Network letters to the House and Senate to support implementation of the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN).

We respectfully request that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies include funding for the newly-enacted Cures Acceleration Network in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

The Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), enacted in 2010, is a vital new approach to moving high need medical cures through the development pipeline faster – giving hope to millions of patients and their families throughout the country. 

The CAN Act seeks to cut the time between scientific discovery and the development of promising new drugs and therapies.  This is a goal that has broad bipartisan support and the endorsement of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  CAN will help coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders in the drug development process – including patient advocacy organizations, the Food and Drug Administration, and other agencies outside of NIH – in order to more quickly move discoveries from the lab into the next generation of therapies. 
But statutory language is needed to allow NIH to begin implementation of CAN, establish the CAN Board, analyze the research needs, and start the process of making the kinds of translational grants that will get new drugs and therapies to those who most need them.  Therefore, we request statutory language to provide that up to $50 million shall be made available in FY2011 to implement section 402C of the Public Health Service Act, relating to the Cures Acceleration Network. 

We are greatly encouraged that a commitment has been made to medical innovation and the acceleration of new treatments and therapies for millions of Americans living with disease.  We urge you to allow funds to be used to begin implementation of the Cures Acceleration Network so that this important life-saving work can get underway as quickly as possible.


Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs
AIDS Action Baltimore
The AIDS Institute
Alliance for Aging Research
Alliance for Regenerative Medicine
Alpha-1 Association
Alpha-1 Foundation
ALS Association
ALS Therapy Development Institute
Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
American Occupational Therapy Association
ARPKD/CHF Alliance
Association for Clinical Research Organizations
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
The Autism Society
BIO Ventures for Global Health
Brain Injury Association of America
CADASIL Foundation
CANN - Community Access National Network
Children's Cause for Cancer Advocacy
Children's Tumor Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy
Clinical and Translational Science Awards Steering Committee
Coalition of Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
Colon Cancer Alliance
COPD Foundation
Costello Syndrome Family Network
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Delivery of Chronic Care
Foundation for Prader-Willi Research
Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)
Friends of Cancer Research
Genetic Alliance
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative
HIVictorious, Inc.
Huntington’s Disease Society of America
International WAGR Syndrome Association
Kakkis EveryLife Foundation
Kidney Cancer Association
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lung Cancer Alliance
Lymphatic Research Foundation
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL)
National Ataxia Foundation
National Minority AIDS Council
National MPS Society
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Parkinson Foundation
National PKU Alliance
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association
National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation
National Venture Capital Association
NBIA Disorders Association
New York Stem Cell Foundation
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation
Pachyonychia Congenita Project
Parkinson’s Action Network
Parkinson Alliance and Parkinson’s Unity Walk
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
PKD Foundation
PXE International
Purine Research Society
PXE International
RASopathies Network USA
Rett Syndrome Research Trust
SRI International
Trisomy 18 Foundation
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
United Leukodystrophy Foundation
Vradenburg Foundation