Harry Johns

Harry Johns has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Association since 2005. Since his arrival, the Alzheimer's Association has built new momentum for its vision of a world without Alzheimer's, including the first nationwide campaign to increase understanding and awareness about Alzheimer's disease, an emphasis on accelerated treatment progress through the promotion of participation in clinical studies, a campaign to enhance early detection of the disease, tools designed to support both individuals with the disease and their caregivers, and targeted research funding to advance diagnosis and treatment. Harry was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2011 to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. He also serves as CEO of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement and on the Executive Committee of Research!America. Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, he was one of the four members of the executive team of the American Cancer Society.

Jun 222011
We Can Put an End to Alzheimer's

As our first effort at The Longest Day is coming to an end, I’m excited about the potential of this event.  When I was on the Chicago Lakefront on my bike during my four hours of riding to honor my mother, who had Alzheimer’s, for all that she did for my brother and me, I was also thinking about all the people who have the disease today (an estimated 5.4 million) and, regrettably, all the people who […]

Aug 182010

Dallas to Whitesboro, TX As my plane was about to land in Dallas on Sunday, the pilot announced that the temperature was 102. On Sunday evening the meteorologist on a local TV station described Monday as a cooler day, his forecast: temperature 101, heat index 110. Monday morning at 5:45, I met Joachim Herz, the researcher-rider on this segment, and Melanie Katz, the “ride mother”, in the lobby of the Courtyard on I-35. After a […]

Sep 242009

Reposted from The Huffington Post. As 78 million American baby boomers age, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease will skyrocket. Economically, it has the potential to bankrupt an already fragile health care system. Socially, we have yet to overcome much of the stigma associated with it. In terms of basic knowledge and research, Alzheimer’s is progressive, it is fatal, and there is currently no cure for it. Despite these sobering facts, great progress is being made […]

Feb 122009

It is possible that there has never been a moment in America with so much potential to either advance or diminish Alzheimer’s research and care. Our nation faces unprecedented times and, with that, comes an unprecedented opportunity to seize this moment and insist our leaders make a greater investment in finding ways to effectively treat, cure, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. There are an estimated 5 million people who already have Alzheimer’s. As many as ten […]

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