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In 2008, the Alzheimer’s Association opened a new door to support the dementia research community by creating the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).

Researchers and clinicians

Today's researchers join ISTAART to strengthen their scientific knowledge and network with their peers. Members enjoy exclusive benefits, participate in networking events and collaborate on papers and projects with fellow peers through participation in a Professional Interest Area (PIA).

Students and new investigators

The Association recognizes that the future of Alzheimer's research relies on students and those starting their careers in the field. ISTAART provides opportunities for networking, financial support opportunities to attend the Alzheimer's Association International Conference and mentorship.

Advisory Council

The ISTAART Advisory Council is a select group of Alzheimer's and dementia experts representing a variety of research disciplines.

Chair, Jeffrey Kaye, M.D.

 Career Highlights

Dr. Kaye directs the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center at OHSU and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also directs the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH). Dr. Kaye's research focuses on the question of why some individuals remain protected from dementia at advanced ages while others succumb to it much earlier. The centerpiece of his studies is the ongoing Oregon Brain Aging Study, established in 1989. He currently leads a large NIH study using technologies to assess seniors in their homes to detect cognitive decline.

Vice Chair, Sandra E. Black, O.C., O.Ont., M.D., FRCP(C), FRSC, FAAN, FAHA, FANA

 Career Highlights

Dr. Black's research interests include stroke recovery and vascular cognitive impairment, diagnosis of dementia, and the use of neuroimaging to study brain-behavior relationships. She has published more 350 papers and is actively engaged in clinical trials of stroke and stroke recovery, Alzheimer's, and vascular cognitive impairment. In 2001, she received the Mel Silverman Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the University of Toronto's Institute of Medical Science, and in 2009, the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine Mentorship Award.

Sylvie Belleville, Ph.D.

Immediate Past Chair, Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.

Lis Evered, Ph.D.

Howard Feldman, M.D, FRCP (C)

Karl Herrup, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Frank Jessen

MSAC Vice-Chair Liaison​, David Knopman, M.D.

Gil Rabinovici, M.D.

Mary Sano, Ph.D.

Jonathan M. Schott, BSc, M.D., FRCP

Wiesje M. van der Flier, Ph.D.


To increase the rate of progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

ISTAART is a professional society of the Alzheimer’s Association, representing scientists, physicians and other dementia professionals active in researching and understanding the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Basic scientists
Geriatric psychiatrists
Geriatric specialists
Molecular/Cell biologists

Research nurses
Social scientists

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