In 2008, the Alzheimer’s Association opened a new door to support the dementia research community by creating the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Researchers and clinicians

Today's researchers join ISTAART to strengthen their scientific knowledge and network with their peers. Members enjoy exclusive benefits, participate in networking events and collaborate on papers and projects with fellow peers through participation in a Professional Interest Area (PIA).

Students and new investigators

The Association recognizes that the future of Alzheimer's research relies on students and those starting their careers in the field. ISTAART provides opportunities for networking, financial support opportunities to attend the Alzheimer's Association International Conference and mentorship.

Advisory Council

The ISTAART Advisory Council is a select group of Alzheimer's and dementia experts representing a variety of research disciplines.

Chair, Donna M. Wilcock, Ph.D.

  • Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., United States

Suvarna Alladi, DM

  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Ph.D. 

  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Nárlon C Boa Sorte Silva, Ph.D. (Postdoc) 

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Vice Chair, Paulo Caramelli, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Ann D. Cohen, Ph.D.

  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn., United States

Michael Ewers, Ph.D.

  • Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Munich, Germany

Atticus H. Hainsworth, Ph.D. 

  • St. George's University of London, London, United Kingdom
Angela L. Jefferson, Ph.D.


  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., United States

Ines Moreno-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

  • University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain

Immediate Past Chair, Jonathan M. Schott, M.D., FRCP

  • Professor of Neurology, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, England, United Kingdom 

Sietske Sikkes, Ph.D.

  • VUmc Alzheimer Center, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yoo-Hun Suh, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Gachon University Neuroscience Research Institute, Seongnam, South Korea

Laura Wisse, Ph.D.

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn., United States



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To increase the rate of progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia research and treatment.


ISTAART represents researchers, clinicians and other dementia professionals active in the research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


Basic scientists Biochemists Geneticists Geriatric psychiatrists Geriatric specialists Molecular/Cell biologists Neurologists Neuroscientists

Pharmacologists Pathologists Physicians Psychologists Radiologists Research nurses Social scientists Students



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