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

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

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

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

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

  • Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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

Michael Ewers, Ph.D.

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

Bruce T. Lamb, Ph.D.

  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 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

Ines Moreno-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, United States

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

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

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



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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