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Research Roundtable

"I have been attending the Research Roundtable over the past three years and always look forward to these meetings. This is the best meeting forum around for Alzheimer's disease drug developers"

Research Roundtable members seek to facilitate the development and implementation of new treatments for Alzheimer's disease by collectively addressing obstacles to research and development, clinical care and public health education.

About the Research Roundtable

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable (AARR) is to advance the research, development and management of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

The AARR is a consortium of senior scientists from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics, imaging and cognitive testing industries, and senior staff and advisors from the Association. Begun in 2003 with four members, the Research Roundtable now includes more than 20 corporate members, whose scientists participate in the Roundtable to contribute to and benefit from the state-of-the-field scientific discourse, debate, and information sharing in order to advance the field of Alzheimer’s research and development. Additional participants include invited investigators from academia and such international government organizations as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) of Japan, and the National Institutes of Health.

Worldwide Impact

Through the Research Roundtable, the Alzheimer's Association brings together industry leaders with top scientists from around the world to discuss key areas in Alzheimer's science in a precompetitive platform. The Roundtable convenes twice each year for coverage of topics identified by Roundtable members as the most current critical needs. The Roundtable may also focus on specific issues facing the AD field that impact many of the member companies by forming a Task Force or Work Group.

Roundtable members explore a broad range of Alzheimer's cutting edge science topics, including:

  • New data and technologies that may improve the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, especially in its earliest and mildest stages.
  • Neuropsychological testing, genetic factors, and biochemical and neuroimaging biomarkers that could contribute to an earlier and more accurate Alzheimer's diagnosis.
  • Lessons learned about clinical trial design that may help shape future clinical trials of drugs aimed at slowing or stopping the progression of Alzheimer's.
  • The pros and cons of various scales as outcomes measures of clinical trials.

The outputs of Roundtable meetings are published as articles in the Alzheimer's Association's journal, Alzheimer's & Dementia® and have had major impacts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. For example, the NIA/AA diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease published in 2011 were first highlighted as needed in the field at an AARR meeting.

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Current 2015 members

Astra Zeneca

Funding research

The Research Roundtable also sponsors Alzheimer's Association grants. The chosen project is named Research Roundtable Sponsored Grant and the principal investigator of the project is invited to give a progress report at a Roundtable meeting.

Visit our Grants page to learn more about Association research funding.

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Join the Research Roundtable

We invite companies to join the thought leaders in Alzheimer's research at the Research Roundtable. Sponsorship terms are for 12 months beginning on the date of a signed agreement.

For more information, please contact: Jay Thompson, Senior Associate Director Corporate Initiatives at 312.335.5192 or