Maria C. Carrillo

Chief Science Officer, Medical & Scientific Relations at Alzheimer's Association

Maria C. Carrillo

Maria C. Carrillo

Chief Science Officer, Medical & Scientific Relations at Alzheimer's Association

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Dr. Carrillo is a senior member of the Alzheimer's Association science staff and an Alzheimer's Association spokesperson on a wide range of medical and scientific issues. She leads the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program, the world's flagship nonprofit initiative to advance Alzheimer's science. Since 1982, the Association has committed $335 million to more than 2,250 best-of-field investigators worldwide. She also leads the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable, a consortium of scientists from the academic world, industry and international public agencies collaborating to overcome universal barriers to progress in developing Alzheimer's treatments.

Dr. Carrillo's core areas of expertise include the emerging effort to identify biomarkers, measurable indicators of underlying physical changes linked to Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, through brain imaging, spinal fluid protein analysis and other strategies. She coordinates Alzheimer's Association leadership of the World Wide Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI), an international effort to expand the federally funded Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) to include data generated by related studies around the globe. She also spearheads Association involvement in the Biomarkers Consortium, a private-public partnership to accelerate biomarker development, and the Alzheimer's Association Quality Control Program for CSF Biomarkers, an effort to facilitate cross-institutional consistency in analyzing Alzheimer's-related spinal fluid proteins. In addition, she leads the Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), the only professional society designed exclusively for individuals dedicated to Alzheimer's and dementia science.

Dr. Carrillo is among the internationally recognized authors of new Alzheimer's disease diagnostic guidelines and criteria jointly issued in 2011 by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association.

Dr. Carrillo also takes a lead role in Alzheimer's Association partnerships with the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation and the Health Research Alliance. She represents the Association on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Financial, a longstanding Alzheimer's Association strategic alliance partner.

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Senior Director of Medical & Scientific Operations, Medical & Scientific Relations at Alzheimer's Association

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Director of Science Initiatives, Medical & Scientific Relations at Alzheimer's Association

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Executive Director, New York City Chapter at Alzheimer's Association

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Director, NYU Center of Excellence on Brain Aging at NYU Elaine A. & Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center

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Professor at University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

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Professor, Clinical Neuropsychology-Departments of Neurology at Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons

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General Manager at Mayo Clinic

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Director, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at University of Florida

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Professor, Molecular & Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine

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Associate Dean of Clinical Research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Maria C. Carrillo
Chief Science Officer, Medical & Scientific Relations at Alzheimer's Association
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Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Class of 1996

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Career History
Chief Science Officer, Medical & Scientific Relations
Current

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector. The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

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Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health. Renowned Patient Care Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 664-bed hospital serving adults and children, including the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, which provides medical and rehabilitative care to older adults and people with short- and long-term disabilities. It includes Rush's 376-bed Tower hospital building, which opened in 2012 as part of the Medical Center's major campus renovation. Rush's commitment to sustainability innovation earned the Tower LEED Gold certification. It is the largest new construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified. Rush's renovation also includes Rush's Orthopedic Building, which opened in 2010, and the ongoing campuswide implementation of an electronic medical record system, enhancing patient care and safety. A unique combination of research and patient care has earned Rush national rankings in 11 of 16 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 America's Best Hospitals issue, among other recognitions of our quality of care and accreditations. Our nurses are at the forefront of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving Magnet status three times for making outstanding nursing care the standard at the Medical Center. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status — the highest honor in nursing — and the first in Illinois to earn a third four-year designation. And some of the world’s best athletes trust themselves to the hands of our physicians. Rush is proud to be the preferred hospital for the Chicago Bulls and home to the team physicians for both the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.

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Member, Medical Advisory Board
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Genworth Financial, Inc. is a Fortune 500® company with roots tracing back to 1871. We have more than $100 billion in assets and a presence in more than 25 countries.

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