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Supporting research, education and health equity

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are working to improve the lives of people affected by this devastating diagnosis. Our cutting-edge science is finding new strategies to slow, delay, and prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms, while specialized education and outreach programs support families and dementia caregivers, improve early diagnosis, and work to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

Together, we can improve lives and build a future without Alzheimer’s disease — in Wisconsin and beyond.


  • Meeting new friends and shaping future medical professionals

    Each school year, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute hosts New Friends, a unique program bringing together people living with memory loss and UW–Madison students interested in a career in healthcare. New Friends gives people living with memory impairment an opportunity to express their hopes regarding their health care and to participate in the training of future health care providers.

  • ‘Compassion Chats’ with members of the IEA Board of Visitors

    Recent episodes included interviews with Board of Visitors members Matt Lepay and Ann Brewer, who shared their personal stories and insights as to why they use their voices to support UW Madison Alzheimer’s disease research programs. 

  • IEA fundraiser, Dr. Cynthia Carlsson featured on Milwaukee Fox6

    Dave Adam is a UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s (IEA) Board of Visitors member and recently biked 4,200 miles across Canada to raise money for the IEA. Milwaukee television station Fox6 featured coverage of Adam’s trek and interviewed Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS, director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) about how funds raised will support UW Alzheimer’s disease research, education and community health programs.

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Featured Friends

  • Why I support the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s: Ann Brewer

    I am honored to be a member of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Initiative to End Alzheimer’s Board of Visitors. Many of us on the board, including myself, have personally lived with the devastating effects of a loved one’s journey through this illness.

  • Matt and Linda Lepay

    Matt and Linda Lepay support the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer's and share their personal story.

  • Daniel I. Kaufer

    Prior to his death, Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer donated a gift to the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s to establish an endowed lecture series continuing his commitment to dementia care. The Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture Series is an educational program devoted to shaping future generations of dementia care professionals working in dementia care, including memory care providers, neuropsychologists, nurses and social workers.

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