METLIFE FOUNDATION AWARD CEREMONY

The 2016 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease were presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association International Confernce in Toronto, Canada.

About the 2016 Awards Ceremony

On July 25, the 2016 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease were celebrated with an exclusive dinner and research briefing at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, Canada, held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

A. Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation, served as master of ceremonies and presented this year’s four awards totaling $350,000. Major Awards were given to Guojun Bu, PhD (Mary Lowell Leary Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida) and Miia Kivipelto, MD, PhD (Professor of Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) and Promising Investigator awards to John Cirrito, PhD (Associate Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri) and Inna Slutsky, PhD (Associate Professor, Sackler School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, Israel).

A research briefing on the latest trends in Alzheimer’s disease research followed, featuring the four honorees and moderated by David M. Holtzman, M.D., 2006 Major Award recipient, Chairman, Department of Neurology at the Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis, and chair of the MetLife Foundation Awards Advisory Committee.

In honor of the Award’s 30th anniversary, nearly 50 past awardees were in attendance to celebrate this year’s honorees and the lasting legacy of this award on the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. A slide show shared comments from dozens of past awardees on the impact of the MetLife Foundation Awards on their research and the field at large.

The Awards were also recognized at the AAIC plenary session that morning before an audience of nearly 5,000 of the world’s leading minds in Alzheimer’s disease research.


For more information about the ceremony:

Please contact the American Federation for Aging Research at 212-703-9977 or info@afar.org.

  1. A. Dennis White, President and CEO of the MetLife Foundation, presents 2016 Major Awards to Dr. Bu and Dr. Kivipelto during the plenary session at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

  1. A. Dennis White, President and CEO of the MetLife Foundation, presents the 2016 Promising Investigator Awards to Dr. Cirrito, and Dr. Slutsky during the plenary session at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

  1. Dr. David Holtzman, MetLife Foundation Awards Advisory Committee Chair, facilitated a lively briefing with winners Dr. Bu, Dr. Kivipelto, Dr. Cirrito, and Dr. Slutsky on their research and trends in the field.