Updated 26 January 2009
Praise for the Alzheimer Research Forum
People check Alzforum to know what's going on, what happened at such-and-such meeting, what people think about such-and-such paper, and so forth. For Alzheimer researchers, it's part of the fabric of how they come to learn and interact.—Peter Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Alzforum is the CNN of Alzheimer research.—overheard at the 2008 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting
Thank you for your terrific reporting on ICAD. I agreed to give a little review for the Mass/NH Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board, and then wondered what I might say. Reading your thoughtful and nuanced pieces was a huge help.—Deborah Blacker, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease
I enjoyed reading your review [of our paper] and the comments of Trojanowski and Sakin. It was balanced and kept the study interesting. Thank you so much!—Richard Mayeux, M.D., Columbia University
I can't thank you enough for providing us all with the opportunity to do [the TNF-alpha Live Discussion] and I applaud you all for the amazing work you do every day on ARF. I will have to become a regular user.—Malu Tansey, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
The Alzforum is the coolest thing ever to come along that really helps all AD researchers.—Keith A. Johnson, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
Your article on the paraspinal TNF therapy was superb.—Bruce Yankner, Harvard Medical School
I looked up your website and must say how impressed I was. I especially liked the AlzGene database, complete with diagrammatic representation of where key genes like ApoE are located. I can't believe I didn't know more about your site until now, but...better late than never.—Richard Caselli, M.D., Mayo Clinic
The Early-onset Alzheimer Disease series is the best article you've ever written.—Craig Atwood, Ph.D., Research Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute
Gabrielle, I so much appreciate your skill and expertise in keeping us informed. Your reviews of existing knowledge, current research, scientific debates are lucid and hugely helpful.—Dr. Sheldon Wolf, Director Memory Disorders Clinic, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Your stories on genetics of AD and early-onset AD are powerful and amazing. My compliments to you on an outstanding effort.—John Trojanowski, University of Pennsylvania
I can't find anything to criticize about this website. It is so full of valuable information, linkages, opportunities to interact...all served up dynamically. The overall design is pleasing and subtle. No wasted bits! This site is a pleasure to judge.—WebAward judge
I could spend all day, every day on Alzforum, just catching up. If I had more time in my day, I would do just that!—Anne Fagan, Washington University St. Louis
[For the cell cycle discussion] I downloaded some of the papers to reread them. I looked at the background—it is impressively put together. You guys do an amazing job with this.—Daniel Geschwind, M.D., University of California Los Angeles
[The antibody database] will be a great resource for everyone in the field. You guys are always on top of the next step.—Jeffrey Cummings, M.D., University of California Los Angeles
How I wished everyone trying to write a story did thorough research and such beautiful work as you do. THANK YOU!—Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine
I have logged onto Alzforum almost on a weekly basis. It really has been invaluable in keeping up with the field, and it has helped me with many aspects of my research.—Esther Oh, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
I am a new member of Alzheimer's community and ISTAART. Having been a fellow of other professional websites, I can easily say
that your webpage is truly a one-stop shop for all researchers in
this field. I especially like the review of Current and Milestone
Papers and the opportunity to comment. I also think that the
Conference Calendar is very useful. This webpage is an excellent
Thank you so much for adding to AlzGene what I believe will be an extremely
useful new feature. I would like to express my gratitude to you and your
group for providing the AD field with such a wonderful website. —Minerva Carrasquillo, PhD., Laboratory of Steven Younkin, M.D.-Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
The staff at Alzforum are really playing a very important role in
providing information to the research community and stimulating
discussion and ideas that drive the science forward. —Robert Vassar, Ph.D., Department of Cell and Molecular Biology,
I continue to be amazed at the great design and facilities of the ARF
web site. If every major field had a similar resource, all of medicine
would move more quickly...You and your marvelous team have honed this
site to a truly wonderful experience for the participants. It is
exhilirating and challenging, it is easy to approach and navigate, and
it has many really successful paradigms (e.g. the engrossing exchange
with Yong Shen that prompted so many scholarly and exciting comments
from the field). Your work is really top drawer. It's more than that.
It's a beacon to the field to come and share knowledge in a creative
and exciting way.—Forbes Dewey
This is by far the best web site I have seen for AD
researchers. I would consider it a must have, and I am disappointed
that I only found out about it a couple of months ago through a
colleague. I love your web site, and you guys do a
tremendous job!—Troy Rohn, Boise State University
This is a very nice site, and I like to say well done for your service to meet a human desire. The day I first saw this site I loved it.
Thank you all so much for the work you are doing to find treatments and hopefully one day a cure for this disease. My mother was "diagnosed" with early onset alzheimers when she was 49 and just passed away this past October at 57. I will miss her forever. I do not have to tell you how unfair this disease is and how devastating it is to a family. We were able to make a significant donation to the Alzheimers Association upon her death due to the charity of many of our family members and friends. We were also able to donate my mothers brain and eyes to the neurology center at Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA. I hope these efforts are able to help in the world's efforts to find effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimers. Your web sight is full of information and gives me great hope that you will succeed in your mission. Keep digging and keep fighting!
With great gratitude,
Once again it is Forums like yourselves who connect people. Thanks for the incredible work that you all do behind the scenes. Also to the researchers and scientists who selflessly work to find a cure or even some clues to this disease which makes strangers of our loved ones. Bless you all and warm South African greetings and thanks.
Love, Karen Borochowitz
I think that the work of foundations such as yours is one of the great untold stories of American altruism. My congratulations.
Sanford M. Simon,
Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics,
I appreciate you allowing me to express our family's deepest gratitude, admiration and hopefully encouragement, to all of you involved in this struggle. Thank you for contacting me and for helping us. You truly are our heros and our hope for the future.
Most gratefully, Linda Clark
I spend many hours searching databases and other sites on the Web, and I believe that the Alzheimer's Disease Forum is probably the best maintained and most useful medically oriented site that I know of. The purpose of this note is to congratulate you for your efforts… Every time I open your site, usually stimulated by your weekly e-mails, I find something interesting going on, such as, for example the call for suggestions for the identification of problems that need more emphasis and additional support. Thank you for performing an extraordinarily valuable service.
Vincent T. Marchesi, MD Ph.D.,
Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology,
Director Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine,
I just wanted to take a minute to tell how grateful we are for all your efforts in keeping this site updated. I have found this site to be the best source of information in the area of neurodegenerative diseases.
Hilal A. Lashuel,
Harvard Medical School
I congratulate you for the fantastic service the Alzheimer Research Forum has supplied to the scientific and non-scientific community.
Center for Molecular Biology,
University of Heidelberg
I want to take this opportunity to let you and your colleagues know that your web site is outstanding and I check it out often.
Michael S. Wolfe, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Center for Neurologic Diseases,
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
This site is awesome!! Wonderfully organized. Great resource for medical information.
I enjoyed [the live discussion]. Quite provocative.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine,
UCSD School of Medicine
We commend you and your team for all of your terrific work on the Alzforum website, which is an incredible resource for the community.
John Trojanowski and Virginia Lee,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Thank you for your help in locating antibodies against Ab. I was pleasantly surpirsed to get such quick and useful answers.
Ronald W.H. Verwer,
Netherlands Institute for Brain Research
I have found the site one of the more useful tools for self-education during my doctoral studies on Alzheimer's disease. The Forum interviews, discussions and hypotheses, have the advantage of presenting the open-ended nature of questions that drive Alzheimer research, to a greater extent than is usually found in publications defending this or that hypothesis. This has been wonderfully stimulating, and helpful in finding ways to define and articulate my own research questions.
Graduate Student OPTIMA (Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing),
Oxford University Department of Pharmacology
Your site looks incredible! Great job - what a service to the world.
Genomic Profiling Systems,
I hadn't really looked at the ARF very much but now I'm hooked, it's great! I'll definitely be signing up for the weekly newletter.
TracyAnn Perry, PhD,
Section of Drug Design & Development,
Laboratory of Neuroscience,
Gerontology Research Center,
National Institute on Aging
I found your web page to be very informative. Thank God for your ongoing research and development with this terrible sickness. Please keep me updated on any new research findings. Since my Mom is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, I will be checking for new updates and hopefully someday a cure for her.
I am writing to ask permission to link your website to our newly established website
brainsciencefoundation.org that will be up & running by next week. Our primary focus
is primary brain tumors (research, innovative treatments & quality patient care) and we
would like to include your link in our resources page under "Sites Worth Visiting"
because we think it's fabulous.
Katie Sullivan, Brain Science Foundation
Your web-site is one of a kind & unique and serves the need of many researchers.
D. Ramesh, Ph.D.,
Research Scientist, New Business Development,
I just went through your site quite completely and was very much impressed by the rich and updated info in the web site. I published an article in 1999 in a Chinese magazine named "News Letter of Senile Dementia" introducing ARF site to the Chinese community. I'm happy now that I made a right decision to introduce this web site. Congratulations!!!
Cheng-Xin Gong, M.D.,
Head, Laboratory of Brain Metabolism,
New York State Institute for Basic Research