Updated 15 November 2011
The Alzforum Awards have become an annual ritual to recognize altruism among Alzheimer researchers. Every year, the editors consider the many scientists who have actively contributed to the Alzheimer Research Forum website and select a choice half-dozen who have gone to extra lengths to serve this Web community. We thank each and every one of them for being exemplary members of the Alzforum community. Awardees received an elegant, engraved Tiffany lead crystal paperweight, suitable for diffracting rays of light into the darkest corners of their offices.
The 2011 Alzforum Award recipients are
Randall Bateman, Open Innovation Award
Bateman not only leads the clinical core of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN), but he is also assembling a coalition of companies around the shared goal of offering treatment trials to families with dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease. Bateman and other DIAN leaders started this project in 2007, prior to current consensus that earlier trials were the way to go. They have since built a foundational body of biomarker data that is drawing stakeholders in pharma and regulatory agencies to the table while giving hope to affected families. Along the way, Bateman has openly shared information with the Alzforum audience, sparking similar initiatives in additional countries. Bateman receives this award on behalf of his fellow DIAN investigators.
Steven Estus, Outstanding Contributor Award
Steve Estus helped Alzforum editors cover research on the understudied topic of ApoE by pulling together a report from a Chicago conference he co-organized. We hope his example will inspire other scientists to share dispatches from the growing number of neurodegenerative disease conferences around the world in our online forum with the research field at large. This kind of expert community service is especially valuable at a time when no scientist, or Alzforum writer, can possibly attend all conferences anymore. See
ARF related news story.
David Holtzman, Extra Mile Award
Having received an Alzforum award in 2002, Holtzman is the only scientist to win it twice. The editors have thought carefully about creating this precedent. As chairman of the neurology department at a major university, Holtzman is as busy as anybody in this field, yet he readily contributes to the community with commentary, interviews, and advice offline. This past year, Holtzman participated in three Webinars, even moderating one on a contested topic. With two beautiful crystal paperweights from Tiffany's, Holtzman can now procrastinate on unloved administrative tasks by playing advanced light diffraction games at his desk. See ARF Webinar.
Ruth Itzhaki, Tenacity Award
This award recognizes the integrity and persistence Ruth Itzhaki demonstrated in advancing her original research hypothesis in the face of scant support for many years among the field at large and from funders. After years out in the cold, her ideas are now spurring independent support from epidemiology and genetics. All along the way, Itzhaki has been open and accessible, commented frequently, and made time for open discussion. See ARF Webinar.
Eric Reiman, Open Innovation Award
Growing out of years of groundwork on brain imaging of preclinical AD, the Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative (API) is a visionary project for the future of AD clinical trials. In leading it, Reiman tackles ethical, legal, logistic, funding, and scientific challenges, while having to forge a public-private partnership around a goal that pushes the boundaries of pre-competitive space. From the beginning, Reiman has shared developments with the worldwide stakeholder community via Alzforum. As does DIAN, the API embodies what Alzforum is seeking to reward in both scope and spirit. Reiman receives this award on behalf of all API leaders. See ARF related news story.
Michael Wolfe, Outstanding Contributor Award
For years, Wolfe has been generous in sharing well-written commentary on the literature and for the news, participating in Webinars, and being generally available to Alzforum reporters as a trusted and responsive source. Furthermore, Wolfe shares his expertise in APP, presenilin, and tau with our knowledge management team on protein ontology development, an effort that represents groundwork for improved search and navigation tools on the site. See Wolfe comments.
The 2010 Alzforum Award recipients are
Paul Aisen, Outstanding Contributor
Live Discussion: Treating Before Symptoms—ADCS Invites Ideas for Clinical Trials in Very Early AD
Commentaries by Paul Aisen
Richard Bozanich, Courage Award
First-person account about developing early-onset dementia
Anne Fagan, Mensch Award
Live Discussion: Making a BioMark on Alzheimer Disease
Early Detection of Alzheimer Disease—A Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Commentaries by Anne Fagan
Protocols shared by Fagan lab
Lars Lannfelt, Outstanding Contributor
Investigative news report
Commentaries by Lars Lannfelt
Ralph Nixon, Mensch Award
Commentaries by Ralph Nixon
Protocols shared by Nixon lab
Lary Walker, Outstanding Contributor
Live Discussion: Seeded Aggregation and Transmissible Proteopathy—Creepy Stuff Not Just for Prions Anymore?
Commentaries by Lary Walker
The 2009 Alzforum Award recipients are
Ilya Bezprozvanny, Outstanding Contributor
Live discussion: Calcium in AD Pathogenesis
Commentaries by Ilya Bezprozvanny
Beth Stutzmann, Outstanding Contributor
Live discussion: Calcium in AD Pathogenesis
Commentaries by Beth Stutzmann
Virgil and Zoia Muresan, Hypothesis Hero and Heroine
Brainstem Neurons Are Initiators of Neuritic Plaques
CAD Cells Are a Useful Model for Studies of APP Cell Biology and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology, Including Aβ Accumulation Within Neurites
Matt Hemming, Prince of Protocols
Alzforum Protocol Database
Nick Fox, Mensch Award
Commentaries by Nick Fox
Scott Small, Webinar Wizard
LOAD and eFAD—Different Diseases, Different Hypotheses?
Can We (Should We?) Develop “Smart Drugs” to Stave Off Age-Related Memory Loss?
Brit Mollenhauer and Ian McKeith, DLB Ambassadors
Betwixt and Intermixed—Dementia With Lewy Bodies
The 2008 Alzforum Award recipients are
Ben Barres, Outstanding Contributor
Commentaries by Ben Barres
Greg Cole, Outstanding Contributor
Commentaries by Greg Cole
Cynthia Lemere, Outstanding Contributor
Beijing: Report From Symposium on Aging and Neurodegeneration
Commentaries by Cynthia Lemere
Lon Schneider, Outstanding Contributor
Commentaries by Lon Schneider
Robert Vassar, Outstanding Contributor
Commentaries by Bob Vassar
Brad Hyman, Mensch Award
Commentaries by Brad Hyman
Pete Nelson, Trailblazer Award
Webinar: Non-coding RNAs in Neurodegeneration
Milestone Papers (first compiled with assistance of Pete Nelson)
The 2007 Alzforum Award recipients are
Deborah Blacker, William Klunk, Reisa Sperling, Keith Johnson, Randall Bateman, and Julie Noonan, Community Awards
Early Onset Familial Alzheimer Disease Section
Douglas Galasko, Mensch Award
Commentaries by Doug Galasko
Eddie Koo, Mensch Award
Commentaries by Eddie Koo
James Galvin, Outstanding Contributor
Webinar: The AD8: A Brief Screening Tool for Very Mild Dementia
Commentaries by James Galvin
Dave Morgan, Outstanding Contributor
Commentaries by Dave Morgan
Dave Teplow, Outstanding Contributor
See also our Alzheimer Research Forum Awards Archives.
Commentaries by Dave Teplow