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.
- AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards in Alzheimer's Disease Research
- Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer's Research
- Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer's Research
- de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging
- Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium Best Oral and Poster Presentations
- Student Poster Competition Award
The AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor 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 they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, must have had a lasting impact on the field and must have demonstrated a lifetime commitment towards progress against Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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 awards will be presented at AAIC 2015. The nomination period for the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards has now concluded.
The intent of the awards is to recognize a senior investigator whose research has shown a lasting impact and whose body of work reflects a lifelong commitment towards Alzheimer's and dementia research and treatment over a career.
- Possess an international reputation and demonstrated commitment to Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment and research.
- Have published results on Alzheimer’s and dementia research topics in significant and peer-reviewed journals.
- Eligible individuals may be either active academically or retired.
- Demonstrate a current or past affiliation to a major academic or research/treatment institution(s). Affiliations to government, industry, and non-profit organizations are eligible
- The award will be presented to an individual investigator. Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award.
- The recipient must be present to receive the award or, in the case of extenuating circumstances, such as health restrictions, or other serious conflicts, may designate an individual to accept the award on their behalf (note in most circumstances, the designee will not receive complimentary registration to AAIC).
- Nominees cannot have previously received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alzheimer’s Association. View list of past recipients.
- Nominations may be made on behalf of individuals who are living at the time of the nomination.
- Self-nominations are not accepted.
- There are no restrictions with regard to race, gender, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.
- Members of the AAIC Scientific Program Committee and the AAIC Awards Subcommittee are not eligible for consideration.
- A call for nominations will occur annually.
- The recipient must be present. If the recipient is unable to attend, their name will be considered for future years.
- Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form.
- Commemorative crystal award
- Complimentary AAIC registration
The nomination period for the Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer’s Research has now concluded. The award will be presented to the senior author of the most impactful study published in Alzheimer’s research over the preceding two years.
About Dr. Inge Grundke-Iqbal
Inge 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. She was a world renowned neuroscientist and Alzheimer disease researcher. She was author/co-author of over 250 scientific publications in prestigious American and international journals and books. Dr. Grundke-Iqbal made several seminal discoveries in the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. Her discovery of the abnormal hyperphosphorylation of tau opened a whole new area of research in neurodegeneration, especially 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 known as the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference).
- Invitation to present a plenary session at AAIC 2015 (30 minutes; Tuesday, July 21, 2015)
- Commemorative certificate
- Complimentary AAIC registration
- $1,000 honorarium
- 2 nights hotel (hotel selected by the Alzheimer’s Association)
- Economy-class airfare to AAIC (booked through the Alzheimer’s Association)
A short list will be selected from all nominees by the AAIC Scientific Program Committee (SPC). The recipient will be selected by the SPC Executive Committee.
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.
de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging
The de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging recognizes a senior scientist and a new investigator (first authors) who are judged to have each published the best paper in any peer-reviewed journal related to the topic of in-vivo neuroimaging of a neurodegenerative process. Members of the ISTAART Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area (NPIA) are the nominating body for the two awards.
Nominees should be the first author of the best paper published on the topic of in-vivo neuroimaging of a neurodegenerative process in any peer-reviewed journal between Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014. One award is designated for a senior scientist (*) and a second award is designated for a new investigator (+).
- *Senior Scientist: defined as one who has been conducting research for 5 years or more at the time of the nomination.
- +New Investigator: defined as one who has completed his or her post-doc or clinical training within 5 years of the nomination.
- Nomination Deadline: February 6, 2015
The awards will be presented at the Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium (AIC), hosted in Washington, D.C., United States, on July 18, 2015.
Using review scores as a guide, the AIC Chairs will judge and select the best oral and poster presentation on site.
Student Poster Competition Award
The winner of the best student poster is chosen from a pool of finalists at AAIC, and is judged and selected by the Scientific Program Committee onsite.