BrightFocus Alzheimer's Fast Track 2014

Fast Track 2014 Group Photo

Co-chairs: Frank LaFerla, PhD & Harry Steinbusch, PhD

November 12-14, 2014
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or other early-stage scientists focusing on Alzheimer’s disease research, took advantage of this unique opportunity to accelerate their knowledge immersion towards becoming an expert in this exciting field by:

  • Connecting with preeminent Alzheimer’s disease experts and fellow early-stage researchers based in the U.S. and around the world
  • Participating in interactive workgroups and breakout sessions
  • Engaging in scientific debates

Organized by the BrightFocus Foundation, Alzheimer’s Fast Track® is a satellite event of the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting, which took place in nearby Washington, D.C. from November 15-19, 2014.

Speakers Included:

  • Karen Duff, PhD
    Columbia University

  • Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD
    Georgetown University

  • Charles Glabe, PhD
    University of California, Irvine

  • Frank LaFerla, Ph.D.
    University of California, Irvine

  • Cynthia A. Lemere, PhD
    Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • G. William Rebeck, PhD
    Georgetown University

  • Julie A. Schneider, MD
    Rush University Medical Center

  • Einar M Sigurdsson, PhD
    New York University Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine

  • Harry Steinbusch, PhD
    Maastricht University, The Netherlands

  • D. Martin Watterson, PhD
    Northwestern University


  • Seeding and Spreading of Tau Protein

  • What Makes a Biomarker? Overview of Advances in Different Modalities

  • Conformational Diversity of Amyloid in AD, Including Oligomers

  • Translational Challenges in Mouse Models in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Interactions between Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration

  • Understanding Vascular Contributions to the Course of AD

  • Neurological and Neuropathological Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease and its Progression

  • Novel Immunotherapies

  • Brainstem Dysfunction in AD

  • Designing Experiments with Therapy in Mind: Biotech Perspectives on Disease Modifying Therapies


If you have questions, please send an email to

Coordinating Office:

BrightFocus Foundation

In Collaboration with:

  • Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek
  • Alzheimer Forschung Initiative
  • Ligue Européenne Contre La Maladie d'Alzheimer


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