Dr Rebecca Edelmayer
Senior Director, Scientific Engagement
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Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m passionate about neuroscience research and the role it plays in bringing transformational medicines and diagnostics to those that need them most.
As senior director, Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, I lead efforts to accelerate the organization’s scientific agenda through the creation and delivery of ongoing research education. Engaging with more than 75 Association chapters across the country, ensuring that communities are informed of the global progress of dementia science and the organization’s crucial role in advancing research to improve the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. I manage initiatives designed to unite researchers and clinicians with leaders of industry, regulatory agencies and the government on topics related to biomarker testing, new investigational treatments, and use of digital health and biotech approaches for studying cognition. With over 18 years of experience as a scientist and educator, I spent more than six years as a pharmacologist in the Neuroscience and Immunology Discovery Divisions at Abbott and AbbVie, where I was recognized as an emerging scientific leader. As a senior scientist, I led a digital pathology team, conducted research and supported the development of clinical therapeutics in chronic inflammatory diseases of the nervous system and the skin.
I have lectured, published and led collaborations in areas of neurodegenerative disease, neurophysiology, inflammatory skin pathology and pain neurobiology and completed my Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in medical pharmacology with a focus on neuropharmacology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have a cat named Pickles and she is a huge advo-CAT for dementia research. @PickALZ