ISTAART members receive no-cost registration for the virtual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) and discounts on in-person registration.  

Not a member? Join today to network with the global dementia research community during AAIC and year-round! 

Professional Interest Areas (PIAs)

Professional Interest Areas are an assembly of ISTAART members with common subspecialties or interests.

Current members should log in to the Member Center to access expanded PIA content.


  • Provide a networking forum for ISTAART members.
  • Offer members an opportunity to submit a Featured Research Session proposal for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.
  • Allow members to share their latest discoveries and techniques.
  • Provide mentoring opportunities and career guidance to junior scientists and students.
  • Promote collaboration on papers.

Generally, PIA members participate in quarterly conference calls and meet in person at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®).

Schedule for PIA Week and PIA Month

This year PIAs will host PIA Week (July) and PIA Month (September). Join PIAs at AAIC 2021 and year-round! 

PIA Week will take place virtually and include a
n Introduction to ISTAART webinar to welcome members and provide an overview of opportunities, PIA Previews of AAIC (including breakout rooms for networking), and a PIA Relay Podcast Series in collaboration with NIHR Dementia Researchers. To register for PIA Week events, log in to the ISTAART Member Center

PIA Month will allow for the global research community to be fully engaged with the PIA-driven scientific sessions and annual business meetings. The allotted time per PIA will be 90 minutes total (60 for the scientific session and 30 for the business meeting). To register for PIA Month events, log in to the ISTAART Member Center

How to join an existing PIA

  1. Visit the Member Center.
  2. Click on "Update Contact Information/Join a PIA."
  3. Check the boxes of the PIA(s) you would like to join.
  4. Email for assistance.

How to create a new PIA

  1. Interested organizers (4 required) must submit a completed application to create a new PIA. Download the application.
  2. Per the guidelines, a minimum of 25 members are required. (Any non-ISTAART members listed on the application will be required to join ISTAART within 30 days of PIA approval).
  3. Submit the application for the ISTAART Advisory Council's review (see application for dates).


"There are few forums anywhere that regularly bring together engineers, computer scientists, clinicians and policymakers. We have begun to map out how this field can have a major impact on the entire Alzheimer's research enterprise."

Jeffrey Kaye, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore.


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