The Alzheimer's Association is proud to celebrate the individuals who have made significant contributions to further the vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.
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 AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize a senior investigator whose contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, have shown a lasting impact on the field and whose body of work has 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:
The Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer’s Research honors the legacy of Mr. Jerome Stone, a unique and determined individual who was among the first to call for investment in Alzheimer's research. Inspired by the loving memory of his late wife, Evelyn T. Stone, he took the helm of the Alzheimer’s cause as the primary founder of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mr. Stone was renowned for his vision, leadership, and generosity in support of the fight against Alzheimer's, and research in particular. For many years, he served as the honorary chair of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors. Mr. Stone passed away on January 1, 2015 at the age of 101.
This award, given in his name, honors the world's top philanthropists for actively engaging in changing the course of Alzheimer's disease through their generous commitment to research.
The Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer's Research is presented to the senior author of the most impactful study published in Alzheimer's research over the preceding two years. A short list was selected from all nominees by the AAIC Scientific Program Committee (SPC). The recipient was selected by the SPC Executive Committee.
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).
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.
Using review scores as a guide, the AIC Chairs judged and selected the best oral and poster presentations.
Best Oral Presentation Recipient: David Jones
Poster: Network-Based Tau Deposition Patterns Are Related to Functional Network Failure Largely Via Beta-Amyloid Across the Alzheimer's Spectrum
Best Poster Presentation Recipient: Val Lowe
Poster: Regional Tau-PET Uptake Patterns and their Association with Braak Staging, Cognition, and Onset Dementia
Competitions held in each conference program theme to determine the best posters by students and post-docs at AAIC. Judging took place onsite by the Scientific Program Committee. The competition was based on the four programmatic themes of AAIC: Basic and Translational Science, Diagnosis and Prognosis, Public Health and Psychosocial, and Therapeutics.
Basic Translational Science Theme Recipient: Zhen Fan
Imperial College London
Poster: Flutriciclamide ([18F]GE180) PET: First in Human PET Study of Novel In Vivo Marker of Human Translator Protein
Diagnosis and Prognosis Theme
Recipient: Kirstie McDermott
University of Alberta
Poster: Memory Resilience in Carriers of Alzheimer's Genetic Risk: Predictors Vary for Female and Male Older Adults
Public Health and Psychosocial Theme Recipient: Maryam Iraniparast
University of Waterloo
Poster: Cognitive Resilience Predicts Reverse Transitions from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Normal Cognition: Findings from the Nun Study
Therapeutics Theme Recipient: Antonio Di Meco
Poster: 12/15-Lipoxygenase Inhibition Reverses Cognitive Impairment, Amyloidosis, Tau and Synaptic Pathology By Stimulating Autophagy in the Brain of Aged 3xTg Mice
Basic Translational Science Theme Recipient: Julia Tcw
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Poster: Exploring Cell Autonomous and Non-Cell Autonomous Effects of Apoe Genotype in iPSC-Derived Astrocytes and Neurons
Diagnosis and Prognosis Theme Recipient: Michael Grothe
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Poster: Increased Sensitivity of AV45-PET for the Detection of Early Stage Amyloidosis after Correction of White Matter Spill-in Effects
Public Health and Psychosocial Theme Recipient: Chelsea Stillman University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Poster: Physical Activity in Late Life Is Associated with Decreased Accumulation of Amyloid β in the Cardiovascular Health Study
Therapeutics Theme Recipient: Glenn Landry Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia
Poster: Disruption of the Presumed Circadian Sleep Maintenance Zone Predicts Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults