The Alzheimer’s Association today announces a landmark
$100 million investment into research initiatives in 2023. This unparalleled commitment stands as
the largest single-year investment since the organization’s founding in 1980.
In 2023, the Alzheimer’s Association funded 271 scientific investigations from researchers at all
career levels examining topics across the spectrum of dementia science. The Association’s global,
cumulative impact on research now includes more than $360 million invested in over 1,000 active
research projects in 53 countries, spanning six continents. 
Here in Wisconsin, nearly $450,000 has been awarded to advance research efforts. This includes
research being conducted in Madison investigating how fasting may promote healthy aging and
protect against the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a new tool that could help emergency
departments better meet the needs of people living with dementia.
“The FDA’s recent approval of the first-ever treatment proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s
is a monumental step forward in our fight against the disease,” said Dave Grams, Executive
Director, Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter. “Research funding is so critical in allowing us
to get closer to these kinds of discoveries, not only in treatment, but also in diagnosis and
In addition to research grant funding, the Association’s investment in research supports a wide
range of global leadership initiatives:
 Global scientific/medical conferences, including the field’s largest and most prestigious
event: the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference ® (AAIC). Nearly 11,000
scientists attended AAIC 2023 from 110 countries.
 Three influential peer-reviewed journals, including the flagship Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The
Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 TrialMatch ® — a free clinical studies matching service.
 The Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and
Treatment (ISTAART) — an inclusive global network of more than 10,000 members
representing over 120 countries.


Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It kills more Americans than
diabetes, and more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. More than 6 million
Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2023
 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. By 2050, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is
projected to increase to nearly 13 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to
prevent, slow or stop the disease. In Wisconsin, there will be 130,000 living with the disease by
2025 and there are over 191,000 individuals serving as their unpaid caregivers. More than 53% of
those caregivers report having their own chronic health conditions.
About the Alzheimer’s Association ®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s
care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other
dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and
maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other
dementia ® . Visit or call 800.272.3900.

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