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Awards presented at AAIC

AAIC provides the Alzheimer's Association with the opportunity to present awards to some of the most prominent leaders in the field.

These prestigious awards recognize the work of distinguished Alzheimer's researchers, as well as those who are just beginning their career in this vital field. The Association is proud to celebrate the individuals who have made significant contributions to further the vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.


View all of the 2015 winners

AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards in Alzheimer's Disease Research

The AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor individuals who have made significant fundamental contributions to Alzheimer’s research, either through a single scientific discovery or a body of work. These contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, must have had a lasting impact on the field and must have demonstrated a lifetime commitment towards progress against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The awards are named in honor of Henry Wisniewski, M.D., Ph.D.; Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D.; and Bengt Winblad, M.D., Ph.D.—co-founders of the Alzheimer's Association scientific conference, now known as the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC). Since its inception and first iteration they each held key leadership roles in planning and conceptualizing the conference:

Congratulations to the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients:

Khalid Iqbal Lifetime Achievement Award
Alison Goate, D.Phil.

Professor of neurogenetics
Director – Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, N.Y., United States
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Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award
Donald Price, M.D.

Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Neurology and Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Md., United States
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Bengt Winbald Lifetime Achievement Award
Ian McKeith, M.D.

Founding President - Lewy Body Society
Professor of old age psychiatry
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Bengt Winbald Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor John Hodges, M.D.

Professor of cognitive neurology
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia
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Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer's Research

This award is presented to the senior author of the most impactful study published in Alzheimer’s research over the preceding two years.

About Dr. Inge Grundke-Iqbal

Inge Grundke-Iqbal served as Professor and Head of Neuroimmunology at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities from 1977 until her passing in September 2012. She was a world renowned neuroscientist and Alzheimer disease researcher. She was author/co-author of over 250 scientific publications in prestigious American and international journals and books. Dr. Grundke-Iqbal made several seminal discoveries in the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. Her discovery of the abnormal hyperphosphorylation of tau opened a whole new area of research in neurodegeneration, especially Alzheimer’s disease and related tauopathies. Her research contributions won her several U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health and non-federal research grants and honors. Dr. Grundke-Iqbal served as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (now known as the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference).

Congratulations to the 2015 Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award recipient:

Li Gan, Ph.D.
Associate investigator - Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
Associate professor of neurology – University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif., United States
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Dr. Gan will present her findings in a plenary session on Tuesday, July 21.


Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer's Research

The Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer's Research honors the legacy of a unique and determined individual who was among the first to call for investment in Alzheimer's research — Mr. Jerome H. Stone, who took to the helm of the Alzheimer's cause in loving memory of his late wife Evelyn T. Stone. Mr. Stone is the primary founder of the Alzheimer's Association and is renowned for his vision, leadership and generosity in support of the fight against Alzheimer's, and research in particular.

This award honors the world's top philanthropists for actively engaging in changing the course of Alzheimer's disease through their generous commitment to research.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of the Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award:

GHR Foundation
Minneapolis, Minn., United States
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MetLife Foundation
New York, N.Y., United States
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de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging

The de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging recognizes a senior scientist and a new investigator (first authors) who are judged to have each published the best paper in any peer-reviewed journal related to the topic of in-vivo neuroimaging of a neurodegenerative process. Members of the ISTAART Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area (NPIA) are the nominating body for the two awards.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of the de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging:

Senior Scientist
Keith Josephs, M.D.

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn., United States
For the paper entitled: TDP-43 Is A Key Player In The Clinical Features Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease
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New Investigator
Douglas Dean III, Ph.D.

Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wis., United States
For the paper entitled: Brain Differences In Infants At Differential Genetic Risk For Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: A Cross-Sectional Imaging Study
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Zaven Khachaturian Award

Named in honor of noted scientist, administrator, consultant, lecturer and author, Zaven Khachaturian, Ph.D., this award recognizes an individual whose compelling vision, selfless dedication and extraordinary achievement has significantly advanced the field of Alzheimer science.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipient of the Zaven Khachaturian Award:

Ralph A. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of psychiatry and cell biology – New York University Langone Medical Center
Director of research – Center for Dementia Research at the Nathan Kline Institute
New York, N.Y., United States
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Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium Best Oral and Poster Presentations

Using review scores as a guide, the AIC Chairs will judge and select the best oral and poster presentation onsite.


Student Poster Competition Awards

Four students will be selected as poster competition winners (one per AAIC abstract theme). Finalists are judged and selected by the Scientific Program Committee onsite. The winners will be acknowledged during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Abstract submissions are now open

Submit an abstract today to share your research on a global stage during AAIC 2016. The Scientific Program Committee is now accepting submissions for poster presentations, oral sessions and featured research sessions.

A global forum to advance dementia science • Toronto, Canada • Conference: July 22–28, 2016