Scientific Advising and Reviewing: On strengthening the bond between the Alzheimer’s Association and the scientific community

From its inception in 1980, advancement of research was one of the primary missions of the Alzheimer’s Association (also known as Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association) in addition to leading in family caregiver support, better care, public education, and awareness. Over the past 30 years, the Association has grown and expanded its engagement with the scientific community. In the past 10 years, its research budget has more than doubled, greatly increasing the number of research grants funded and the number of strategic projects supported. The leadership and members of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council recognized that the growth of the Alzheimer’s Association and the expanded mission of Medical & Scientific Relations Division necessitated a change in the mission and charge of the external scientific advisory function to the Association.