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

From left: 2014 Award Winners - Mathias Jucker, PhD; Lary Walker, PhD; and Riqiang Yan, PhD.

For 28 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 78 scientists – including two who have gone on to win Nobel Prizes. Tremendous progress has been made and our understanding of the disease continues to improve.

Each year, $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.

2015 Nominations
Open Fall 2014

By invitation only

Nominations can be submitted by:

For more information:

Contact                    Odette van der Willik, American Federation for Aging Research at 212-703-9977 or grants@afar.org.

2014 Advisory Committee


David Holtzman, MD

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

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