The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. About us.
Neelum T Aggarwal M.D.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and a steering committee member at Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group, Dr. Aggarwal, is a cognitive neurologist with particular interest in all types of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, fronto temporal dementia, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia). In addition to her active clinical practice, she continues to conduct original research in a variety of large scale community-based studies. She is the co-investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In addition, she is a speaker to many community and business organizations that seek to gain a better understanding of the changes—cognitively and physically—in the aging process, and is an advisor for community-based and minority health initiatives.
Paul S. Aisen M.D.
Paul Aisen, NIA-appointed Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study and Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, has been conducting therapeutic research on Alzheimer’s disease for the past two decades. Dr. Aisen’s research focuses on inflammatory mechanisms in the brain and the development of new treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. As Director of the ADCS, he collaborates with pharmaceutical companies on drug development and designing and directing multicenter randomized controlled trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new treatments. Therapeutic approaches under investigation include secretase modulators, amyloid-binding compounds, cholinesterase inhibitors, nicotine, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Robert J. Egge
Robert J. Egge is the Alzheimer’s Association’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy. With specific policy and analytical experience in Alzheimer’s and other related healthcare issues, Mr. Egge leads the Association’s efforts to elevate Alzheimer’s as a critical federal and state government priority and implement policies to better serve those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Chief among these priorities is increasing federal funding for research and care programs, while also advancing Alzheimer’s disease policy planning and coordination at the federal and state levels.
Lee Ferrero was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2008 at the age of 62. In 2009, Lee retired after 22 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Private Industry Council (PIC) of San Luis Obispo County, Inc. As a member of the national Alzheimer’s Association 2011 Early-Stage Advisory Group, Lee is eager to put a face to Alzheimer’s and alert individuals, communities, the media and local organizations about the critical need to act on this disease and help find a cure. Lee lives in Los Osos, California, with his wife, Valerie. Lee and Valerie have two children, Jennifer and Eric. They take great delight in spoiling their grandson, John Ferrero Stout.
Val Ferrero is a Senior Admissions Advisor with California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She received her BA in Social Science from California State University. In 2008, Val’s spouse Lee Ferrero was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since that time, Val has committed herself as a care partner and advocate in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Val is currently involved in a support group with her local Alzheimer’s Association chapter and has contributed written pieces to her local newspaper. Val is interested in raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease especially with regard to the need for caregiver support. Val and Lee have been married for 41 years and together have 2 children and one grandchild.
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. Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Johns spent more than 22 years with the American Cancer Society (ACS). He serves on the boards of Research America and the National Health Council.
Michael Rafii, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UCSD Perlman Ambulatory Care Center in La Jolla, Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, and Associate Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, Dr. Rafii specializes in cognitive disorders, including dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. His current research interests include neuroimaging and clinical trials. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Brown University and conducted neurogenetics research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rafii went on to complete his neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Dementia and Cognitive Disorders at the University of California, San Diego.
Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club, is a nationally recognized expert on America’s 65 million family caregivers with special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance “self care” while caring for a loved one. She is the former chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving and is currently writing a book about celebrities who have been caregivers. She also has served on the caregiving advisory councils for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).