The Student Experience


Students can experience it all at AAIC! Learn about the latest in dementia research, network with the world's leading Alzheimer's experts and meet other students like yourself — all during the course of one conference. Don't miss the highlights below:

Enhance Your Experience – Join ISTAART

Students are invited to join the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), a professional society designed to create a year-round link between individuals interested in dementia science and care. Select "Student Membership +PLUS" during registration to add one year of ISTAART membership (through June 30, 2019) onto your conference admission.

Student and Post-doc Lounge

Need to get away from it all? Join other students and post-docs for some much-needed down time, refreshments and all-important networking. In addition, "Meet the Experts" events will be held in the lounge throughout the conference.

A schedule will be announced in the spring.

Early Career Mentoring Breakfast

Monday, July 23: 7 – 8:15 a.m.

Join us for a breakfast event that allows for early career professionals to engage with established investigators in small groups. This event is coordinated in conjunction with the Alliance of Women Alzheimer's Researchers (AWARE) Professional Interest Area (PIA) through the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART). Note: space for this event is limited and an RSVP is required, as it is meant to foster small group discussion and mentorship.

Early Career Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 25: 6 – 8 p.m.

Join us the final evening of AAIC for a reception for early career professionals to network with one another as well as with funding agencies from around the world, and discuss the week's activities. One of the most popular events at AAIC, this reception always features a large crowd of new and old friends.

AAIC Student and Post-Doc Poster Competition

Competitions are held in each conference program theme to determine the best posters by students and post-docs at AAIC. Judging takes place onsite by the Scientific Program Committee and the winners will be recognized at the conference.

Changes in NIH Grant Policies: News to Know as you Write Your Next Application

Tuesday, July 24: 7 – 8 a.m.
Marriott Marquis, Glessner House Room

Good science alone does not make a good grant application. The premise of this workshop is that understanding how your application will be reviewed can help you address the questions that reviewers will ask, and help you avoid errors that may hurt in review. This workshop will cover the review process at NIH with a focus on things that should be taken into account as you write your grant application. Special considerations for different funding mechanisms—Fellowships, R21, and R01s—will be identified. In addition, we will cover what has changed recently. NIH policy initiatives change the requirements for applications and may shift how reviewers score applications. There are recent changes in how human subjects research is handled; the definition of clinical trial has changed trials (your “human experiment” may now be a “clinical trial”), these applications require more information, and there are new review criteria. NIH policies on rigor and transparency in research are increasingly implemented in review. An update on NIH policies regarding new and early stage investigators will be given. Our hope is that better informed applicants will write better proposals and produce better science.

2018 ISTAART Student Volunteer Program

The International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) offers a Student Volunteer Program in conjunction with AAIC 2018. The program provides accepted ISTAART student members with the opportunity to travel to AAIC 2018.

Accepted volunteers are provided with the following:

While daily volunteer efforts are an essential aspect of participation, participants are still able to fully acquire the latest scientific updates through attendance at sessions.

Please note: the application period for AAIC 2018 has closed.

Become an ISTAART Member

Members of this professional society stay connected to the field through exclusive member benefits and programs. Join for just $30* at the Alzheimer's Association (Booth 301).

*Offer available onsite at AAIC (through 7/26/18). Applies only to registrants who paid the non-member fee.

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Educational Workshops

Learn the basics or brush up on your skills by attending an AAIC educational workshop. Topics include: clinical trials, fluid biomarkers and neuroimaging.

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