Awards Presented at AAIC
AAIC provides the Alzheimer's Association with the opportunity to present awards to some of the best and brightest leaders in the field.
These prestigious awards recognize the work of distinguished Alzheimer's researchers, as well as those who are just beginning their career in this vital field. The Association is proud to celebrate the individuals who have made significant contributions to further the vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.
The AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize three individuals who have made significant fundamental contributions to Alzheimer's research either through a single scientific discovery or a body of work. These contributions, whether in research, leadership or mentorship, demonstrate a lasting impact on the field and a lifetime commitment in the fight against Alzheimer's and other dementias.
The awards are named in honor of Henry Wisniewski, M.D., Ph.D.; Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D.; and Bengt Winblad, M.D., Ph.D.—co-founders of the Alzheimer's Association scientific conference, now known as the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC). Since its inception and first iteration they each held key leadership roles in planning and conceptualizing the conference:
- Khalid Iqbal and Bengt Winblad both served in leadership roles from the conference's first iteration in 1988, including as co-chairs of the scientific program committee until 2008 and as committee members through 2013.
- After a lifetime of contributions to the field of Alzheimer's and dementia research, Henry Wisniewski passed away in 1999; to recognize his leadership and to show the Association's gratitude, one of the lifetime achievement awards is named in his memory.
The Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer's Research is presented annually at AAIC. Dr. Grundke-Iqbal served as professor and head of Neuroimmunology at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities from 1977 until her passing in September 2012. A world renowned neuroscientist and Alzheimer disease's researcher, she authored/co-authored over 250 scientific publications in prestigious international journals and books. She made several seminal findings in the biology of Alzheimer's disease and related conditions, including her discovery of the abnormal hyperphosphorylation of tau, which opened a whole new area of research in neurodegeneration, especially in relation to Alzheimer's disease and related tauopathies. Her research contributions won her several U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health and non-federal research grants and honors. Dr. Grundke-Iqbal served as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (now the Alzheimer's Association International Conference).
Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer's Research
The Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer's Research honors the legacy of a unique and determined individual who was among the first to call for investment in Alzheimer's research — Mr. Jerome H. Stone, who took to the helm of the Alzheimer's cause in loving memory of his late wife Evelyn T. Stone. Mr. Stone is the primary founder of the Alzheimer's Association and is renowned for his vision, leadership and generosity in support of the fight against Alzheimer's, and research in particular.
This award honors the world's top philanthropists for actively engaging in changing the course of Alzheimer's disease through their generous commitment to research.
Student Poster Competition Award
The winner of the best student poster is chosen from a pool of finalists of all student posters at AAIC, and is selected by the Scientific Program Committee.
de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging
This award, presented by the ISTAART Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area (NPIA), carries for the best papers published in any peer reviewed journal. Both awards include unrestricted prizes and will be presented during the Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium (AIC).
Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan
Japan's National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan
For the paper entitled: "Imaging of Tau Pathology in a Tauopathy Mouse Model and in Alzheimer Patients Compared to Normal Control"
An unrestricted prize of $1,000 awarded to the "best paper" published by a promising new investigator in any peer-reviewed journal between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
University of California, Berkeley, Calif., United States
For the paper entitled: "Frontotemporal Network Connectivity during Memory Encoding Is Increased with Aging and Disrupted by Beta-Amyloid"
Using review scores as a guide, the AIC Chairs judge and select the best oral and poster presentation on site.
2014 Best Oral Award
Physical Activity Modifies Alzheimer's Biomarkers in Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention
2014 Best Poster Award
An Imaging Strategy To Characterize Tau Pathology In-Vivo In a Model of Alzheimer's Disease Using Multiparametric MR