International Brain Bee Welcomes Alzheimer’s Association as New Governing Partner

19 April 2021

Society & Partner News

FENS welcomes Alzheimer’s Association as new IBB governing partner and is looking forward to working together with them, the IBB and the other founding partners to expand IBB’s continued success and growth.

The Alzheimer’s Association has formed a partnership with the International Brain Bee (IBB), joining the IBB’s five founding partners – the American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, has been appointed to the IBB Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from the founding partners and the IBB Founder, Dr. Norbert Myslinski.

”The addition of the Alzheimer’s Association as our new governing partner represents an important milestone for the IBB and an opportunity to expand its global reach,” said Jaime Diaz-Granados, IBB Board Chair. “All five founding partners recently renewed their own commitment to the important mission of the IBB. The support and active participation of these leading scientific organizations are essential to the IBB’s continued success and growth. We welcome our esteemed colleagues at the Alzheimer’s Association and look forward to working closely with our newest board member Dr. Carrillo.”

The IBB aims to motivate students to learn about the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience or medicine so they can help treat and find cures for brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s. As a member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Carrillo will be responsible for establishing the strategy and direction of the IBB, setting policies and general control/oversight.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is deeply committed to engaging youth in our cause, sharing our passion for neuroscience, and introducing more people to dementia research,” said Dr. Carrillo. “The passionate and visionary young people of IBB, along with IBB’s leadership, will create the future breakthroughs that change the lives of people living with, and at risk for, Alzheimer’s disease and all other brain disorders.”

“It is vital that we form collaborations and partnerships with global communities of all ages, but especially the youth, to create a world without Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Carrillo added.

In addition to participating in the IBB’s governance, the Alzheimer’s Association will contribute to various planning efforts.

● Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association Vice President of Medical & Scientific Relations, will join the IBB’s Partnerships and Fundraising Advisory Committee. Together with the other IBB Governing Partners, the Alzheimer’s Association will help the IBB expand its global reach, actively recruit new countries into the Brain Bee community while building a more effective IBB infrastructure.

● Claire Sexton, D.Phil., Alzheimer’s Association Director of Scientific Programs & Outreach, will join the IBB’s Academic and Competition Advisory Committee. The Committee oversees the annual World Championships, creating a consistent and exciting Brain Bee experience for all participants.

The IBB is currently planning a unique virtual program for the 2021 World Championship later this year while preparing for the next in-person event, to be hosted by the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Paris, France, in July 2022.

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