The MetLife Foundation Awards in Medical Research work to stimulate novel research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.

2016 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's disease winners John Cirrito, Inna Slutsky, Miia Kivipelto, and Guojun Bu pose with MetLife Foundation President and CEO, A. Dennis White (center).

For 30 years, the Awards for Medical Research have recognized nearly every significant advance in Alzheimer's disease research.

In 1986, it was clear to the MetLife Foundation that the aging of America would bring a dramatic incidence of Alzheimer’s, causing untold physical, emotional, and economic suffering to patients and families and overwhelming our nation's healthcare resources.

Tackling this growing public health challenge requires new research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. To encourage this research, MetLife Foundation established the Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease.

The honor roll of awardees now numbers 88 scientists – including four who have gone on to win Nobel Prizes as well as 39 winners of the prestigious Potamkin Prize. Tremendous progress has been made and our understanding of the disease continues to improve.

Up to $500,000 in research grants are awarded.

The awards provide outstanding researchers with an opportunity to freely pursue new ideas. At the heart of the program is a belief in research as the road to understanding and ultimately treating a devastating disease.

The search for a cure has never been more important.

2016 Nominations
are now closed

Check back in early 2017 for application updates.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For more information Contact:

Odette van der Willik, American Federation for Aging Research at 212-703-9977 or

2016 Advisory Committee

David Holtzman, MD (Chair)

Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and Chairman 

Department of Neurology

Washington University School of Medicine

Karen H. Ashe, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Director of the Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care

Edmund Wallace and Anne Marie Tulloch Chairs in Neurology and Neuroscience

University of Minnesota Medical School

Mathias Jucker, PhD

Professor, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research & German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

University of Tübingen, Germany

Edward H. Koo, MD

Professor of Neurosciences

University of California, San Diego

Sangram S. Sisodia, PhD

Thomas Reynolds Sr. Professor of Neurosciences

Professor of Neurobiology and Neurology

The University of Chicago

Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD

Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology

Harvard Medical School

Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology, Research

Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit,

Massachusetts General Hospital

John Trojanowski, MD, PhD

Director, Institute on Aging

Director, Alzheimer's Disease Core Center

University of Pennsylvania

Co-Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania