If you join any membership society this year, ISTAART should be the one.
The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science—including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
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Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium:
Organized by the Neuroimaging PIA, the Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium attracts over 900 attendees.
Early Career Mentoring Breakfast:
Early career professionals engage with established investigators in small groups at a special breakfast event. The event was coordinated with the Alliance of Women Alzheimer's Researchers PIA. [Photo: Laura Baker, Ph.D., David Knopman, M.D., and Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D. were just a few of the mentors.]
Blood-Based Biomarkers PIA Develops Special Volume:
Creation of the special volume was led by guest editor Sid E. O'Bryant, Ph.D., chair of the Blood-based Biomarkers PIA. "The authors featured in the special issue are the scientists who are pushing the boundaries in this field of study," said O'Bryant. "This body of work will be used to move from biomarker discovery to locked-down validation."
Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer's Research
ISTAART members are the nominating body for this, which is presented to the senior author of the most impactful study in Alzheimer's research over the preceding two years. [Photo: 2016 recipient, Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D., presents his findings in a plenary session at AAIC for the paper "Depletion of microglia and inhibition of exosome synthesis halt tau propagation," Nature Neuroscience, November 2015.]
Members learn from the experts about how to polish skills and enhance CVs. Topics have included grant writing, funding opportunities, and manuscript tips.
One of the most popular events at AAIC, the ISTAART Membership Reception reunites colleagues and generates new relationships.
ISTAART Professional Interest Areas (PIAs) gather for PIA Day—a full day of science organized by PIA leaders and members. PIAs include neuropsychiatric syndromes, subjective cognitive decline, vascular cognitive disorders, and 14 more. [Photo includes the leadership of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Dementia PIA.]
Student Volunteer Program:
Student members have the opportunity to apply to volunteer at AAIC. The opportunity creates lasting friendships and incredible access to world renowned researchers. Accepted volunteers receive registration, housing and airfare.
Technology and Dementia Preconference:
The Technology PIA annually convenes members using technological-based research to discuss the application of innovative study design into Alzheimer's and dementia research. [Photo: Dorene Rentz, PsyD, presents the A4 Study: Incorporation of Tablet Based Cognitive Assessments in Clinical Trials.]
News & Highlights:
ISTAART members stay connected to the field through exclusive member benefits and programs.
- Opportunity to join or create a Professional Interest Area (PIA).
- Monthly e-newsletter with the latest research updates.
- Extended LOI deadlines through the Alzheimer's Association.
- Extended AAIC abstract submission deadline.
- An annual online subscription to Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.
- Special registration discounts and access to member-only events at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®).