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, Paulo Caramelli, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Vice Chair, Suvarna Alladi, DM

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

Immediate Past Chair, Donna M. Wilcock, Ph.D.

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

Claudio Babiloni, Ph.D.  

  • Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Ganesh Babulal, Ph.D.

  • Institute for Public Health, Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., United States

Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Ph.D. 

  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 

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

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Ann D. Cohen, Ph.D.

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

Nadia Dehghani, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Van Andel Institute Graduate School, Grand Rapids, Mich., United States

Atticus H. Hainsworth, Ph.D.

  • St. George's University of London, London, United Kingdom

Heidi Jacobs, Ph.D.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass., United States

Angela L. Jefferson, Ph.D.

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

David Llewellyn, Ph.D. 

  • University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, United Kingdom

Claudia Suemoto, M.D., Ph.D.

  • University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil

Hussein Yassine, M.D.

  • Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., United States


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



+1.312.335.5188 (M-F) ISTAART@alz.org

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