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Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented to Three Leading Researchers at Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2016


TORONTO, July 24, 2016 — The Alzheimer's Association recognizes three leading scientists for their contributions to advancing Alzheimer's disease and dementia research. The awards were presented during the opening session at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2016 (AAIC® 2016) in Toronto, Canada.

"These three scientists have made invaluable contributions in advancing the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia research," said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., chief science officer for the Alzheimer's Association. "While their specific individual investigations vary, they share a common commitment to improving the lives of people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, and leading the way to a world without Alzheimer's. We honor them for their passion, leadership and dedication."

"These three scientists have made invaluable contributions in advancing the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia research," said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., chief science officer for the Alzheimer's Association. "While their specific individual investigations vary, they share a common commitment to improving the lives of people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, and leading the way to a world without Alzheimer's. We honor them for their passion, leadership and dedication."

Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D., Bengt Winblad, M.D., Ph.D., and Henry Wisniewski, M.D., Ph.D., founded the Alzheimer's research conference in 1988. The AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards are named in their honor. The 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 in research, leadership or mentorship, must have a lasting impact on the field and demonstrate a lifetime commitment towards progress against Alzheimer's and dementia. The 2016 honorees are:

Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D., Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer's Disease Research

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer's disease and to recognizing the efforts of researchers who further our understanding about this devastating disease. The Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. It currently supports more than 350 ongoing research projects in 21 countries, totaling over $80 million. Since 1982, it has awarded more than $350 million to almost 2,300 scientific investigations.

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer's disease and to recognizing the efforts of researchers who further our understanding about this devastating disease. The Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. It currently supports more than 350 ongoing research projects in 21 countries, totaling over $80 million. Since 1982, it has awarded more than $350 million to almost 2,300 scientific investigations.

About AAIC
The Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) is the largest gathering of leading researchers from around the world focused on Alzheimer's and other dementias. As a part of the Alzheimer's Association's research program, AAIC serves as a catalyst for generating new knowledge about dementia and fostering a vital, collegial research community.
AAIC 2016 home page: www.alz.org/aaic/
AAIC 2016 newsroom: www.alz.org/aaic/press.asp

About the Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

Media Contacts: 
Alzheimer's Association AAIC newsroom, 416-585-3701, media@alz.org
Mike Lynch, Alzheimer's Association, 312-543-7589, mlynch@alz.org

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