Hillary Clinton announces goal to cure Alzheimer’s by 2025

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is making it a goal of hers to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Clinton made the big announcement in Iowa Tuesday, calling for double federal spending to combat the illness.

Clinton’s proposal calls for a decade long-investment of two billion dollars per year for research.

In 2014, the U.S. government only spent about 600 million dollars on the disease.

60,000 San Diegans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and those numbers are expected to rise.

This proposal marks the first time this election season that a presidential candidate has made combating Alzheimer’s a prominent campaign issue.

This is also part of a larger effort by Clinton to increase funding for health research.

The President and CEO of Alzheimer’s San Diego, Mary Ball, and Senior Vice President of Drug Development and Discovery at Sanford Burnham Prebys, Dr. Michael Jackson, joined KUSI News to talk about the announcement.

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