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, Sandra E. Black, O.C., O.Ont., M.D., FRCP(C), FRSC

  • University of Toronto, Brill Chair in Neurology
  • Sunnybrook Research Institute, Neuroscience Program Research Director, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Black's research interests include stroke recovery and vascular cognitive impairment, diagnosis of dementia, and the use of neuroimaging to study brain-behavior relationships. She has published more 350 papers and is actively engaged in clinical trials of stroke and stroke recovery, Alzheimer's, and vascular cognitive impairment. In 2001, she received the Mel Silverman Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the University of Toronto's Institute of Medical Science, and in 2009, the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine Mentorship Award.

Ricardo Francisco Allegri, M.D., PhD.

  • Neurological Research Institute Raúl Carrea (FLENI); National Institute for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sylvie Belleville, Ph.D.

  • University Institute of Geriatrics of Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Charles DeCarli, M.D., FAAN

  • University of California, Davis, Davis, Calif., United States

Hiroko Dodge, Ph.D.

  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore., United States
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., United States

Immediate Past Chair, Jeffrey Kaye, M.D.

  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, Portland, Ore., United States

Cynthia A. Lemere, Ph.D.

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass., United States

Vincent Mok, M.D., FRCP

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • The Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China

Fabricio Ferreira de Oliveira, M.D., BBA, MSc, Ph.D.

  • Elysian Clinic, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Gil Rabinovici, M.D.

  • University of California, San Francisco, Calif., United States

Mary Sano, Ph.D.

  • Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, United States

Vice Chair, Jonathan M. Schott, M.D., FRCP

  • Reader in Clinical Neurology Research Centre, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, England, United Kingdom 

Charlotte Teunissen, Ph.D.

  • VUmc Alzheimer Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wiesje M. van der Flier, Ph.D.

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

Donna M. Wilcock, Ph.D.

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


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


ISTAART is a professional society of the Alzheimer’s Association, representing scientists, physicians and other dementia professionals active in researching and understanding the causes and treatments 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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