In 2008, the Alzheimer’s Association created a new avenue to advance dementia research by launching the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART). ISTAART brings together the global Alzheimer's and dementia science community. Today, ISTAART has grown into a diverse global network of scientists, clinicians, and professionals who share common goals: the pursuit of knowledge, collaborations and breakthroughs in order to find more effective ways to detect, treat and prevent Alzheimer's and other dementias.

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).

ISTAART not only creates opportunities for networking and mentorship but also provides a platform for the continuing education of clinical and basic science researchers, practitioners and professionals in the Alzheimer's and dementia field.

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 resources for networking, financial support, mentorship and opportunities to attend the Alzheimer's Association International Conference®.

Students benefit from free membership throughout the duration of their course of study. Students and early postdocs are also eligible to participate in the ISTAART Ambassador program. All members, regardless of career stage, are welcome to be nominated for a leadership position through involvement in PIA executive committees. 

"I was on the Scientific Program Committee for the Neuroscience Next conference and through that, got to work with really esteemed scientists. As a second-year Ph.D. student, that was something I probably never would have gotten the chance to do, without ISTAART. Being an ISTAART Ambassador also helped me get my name out there and get connected with experienced researchers. I know it'll definitely help me with my career after my Ph.D."

– Beth Eyre, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Sheffield

The ISTAART Advisory Council

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



Paulo Caramelli,

M.D., Ph.D.

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Vice Chair

Suvarna Alladi, D.M.


National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Immediate Past Chair

Donna M. Wilcock, Ph.D.


Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, United States

Agustín Ibáñez, Ph.D.


Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez,
Santiago, Chile

Anita Goh, D.Psych


National Ageing Research Institute,
Melbourne, Australia

Claudia Suemoto,

M.D., Ph.D.

University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil

Claudio Babiloni,


Sapienza University,
Rome, Italy

David Llewellyn, Ph.D.


University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, United Kingdom

Doris Molina Henry,


University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, United States

Ganesh M. Babulal,

Ph.D., OTD

Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine, United States

Heidi Jacobs, Ph.D.


Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass., United States

Hussein Yassine, M.D.


Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, United States

Isabel Castanho, Ph.D.


Harvard Medical School,
Boston, United States

Joshua A. Babalola,


Medical University of Graz,
Graz, Austria

Nadia Dehghani, Ph.D.


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States

Contact Us

Questions about ISTAART?  Email ISTAART@alz.org