• Press Release

Mount Sinai Alzheimers Disease Expert Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

  • New York
  • (August 05, 2015)

Alison M. Goate, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Neurology for the Mount Sinai Health System and Director of the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has received the Khalid Iqbal, PhD, Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research for the Alzheimer’s Association.  The award was presented on July 19 during the opening session at the Alzheimer’s Association Conference ® 2015 (AAIC ® 2015) in Washington, DC.  Dr. Goate received the award for her contribution to advancing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.

The AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor individuals who have made significant fundamental contributions to Alzheimer’s research, either through a single specific scientific discovery or a body of work.  These contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, must have a lasting impact on the field and must demonstrate a lifetime commitment towards progress against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“We are so proud of Dr. Goate and congratulate her for this outstanding honor,” said Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “Her internationally-recognized research to elucidate the genetic, molecular and cellular basis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias has added greatly to our understanding of these conditions.  Under her leadership, Mount Sinai is playing a leading role in finding better treatments for Alzheimer’s and other disorders.”

Dr. Goate has worked on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease for 27 years.  She reported the first genetic mutation discovered that causes an inherited form of Alzheimer’s.  She co-led the team of researchers that reported on some of the first disease-causing genetic mutations discovered for frontotemporal dementia.  Her current research focuses on understanding the genetic risk factors for the more common, late-onset form of Alzheimer’s disease.  

“It is a great honor to receive this award from my peers in the Alzheimer’s disease research community,” said Dr. Goate.  “This work has been a team effort over several decades, so this award recognizes the efforts of all of those individuals as well.”

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  They are committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease and to recognizing the efforts of researchers who further our understanding about this devastating disease.  The Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.  It currently supports nearly 350 ongoing research projects in 21 countries, totaling over $78 million.  Since 1982, it has awarded nearly $340 million to almost 2,300 scientific investigations.

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The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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