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Statement of Beliefs

We have heard some say that Alzheimer’s disease is an inevitable part of aging. Others have claimed that it simply cannot be prevented or effectively treated anytime soon. Still others believe that we simply cannot afford to do what it would take to stop the disease. They are all wrong.

As men and women of science, we are united by a simple but bold belief: It is possible to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease within our lifetimes, but only if our nation does what is necessary:

  1. Set an aggressive goal of stopping Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, because it will focus the energies of the research community;
  2. Invest significant resources in Alzheimer’s disease research and innovation, because our commitment to cures must match the scale of the challenge;
  3. Institute reforms to accelerate the drug pipeline and deliver therapies to patients faster, because the ultimate goal of research is to bring help to those afflicted, and to prevent the disease from afflicting future generations.

If government, private industry, and the research community unite with a common goal and purpose backed with the necessary leadership, resources and incentives, the power of scientific research can be unleashed to unlock new possibilities, to deliver new cures – and to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

The Founding Members of ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer's will approve any variations of this language and will distribute any approved additions or revisions to all signers upon use. Any approved variations will reflect a broad consensus of the research and scientific community.

Members of the network will be expected to:

  1. Add their name to the ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer’s Statement of Beliefs;
  2. Engage in an advocacy action (such as signing a letter to a policymaker, submitting an op-ed or Letter to the Editor, or being willing to meet with and educate policymakers) at least twice per year; and
  3. Be available to speak to the press on the need to increase Federal support for Alzheimer’s research and other policy interventions.

Founding Members

  • Paul Aisen, M.D.

    Founding Director of the University of Southern California Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute
  • Marilyn Albert, Ph.D.

    Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
  • David Bennett, M.D.

    Robert C. Borwell Professor of Neurological Sciences and Director of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Jeff Cummings, M.D.

    Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Steve DeKosky, M.D.

    Aerts-Cosper Professor of Alzheimer's Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Rachelle Doody, M.D., Ph.D.

    Director, Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Howard Fillit, M.D.

    Executive Director, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
  • David Holtzman, M.D.

    Chair, Department of Neurology, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Bruce Lamb, Ph.D.

    Staff Scientist, Department of Neurosciences,The Lerner Research Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • David Morgan, Ph.D.

    CEO, Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, University of South Florida
  • Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.

    Director, Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
  • Reisa Sperling, M.D.

    Director, Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D.

    Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Mass General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease & Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • John Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D.

    Co-Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Weiner, M.D.

    Former Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases, San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry, and Neurology University of California, San Francisco

Affiliations are for identification purposes only and do not necessarily represent the endorsement of the affiliated institution.

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416 researchers as of August 13, 2014 have signed the Statement of Beliefs and are members of ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer's.