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On April 6, 2011, Michael W. Weiner, MD, Director of the SFVAMC Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Principal Investigator of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), accepted the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award from the Alzheimer's Association. The Association presented the award to ADNI "for its collaborative and innovative approaches to furthering Alzheimer treatment, prevention and care," citing Dr. Weiner for his "extraordinary leadership [which] has helped make ADNI the largest public-private Alzheimer's disease research partnership in our country."

ADNI is a $140,000,000 multi-year clinical trial involving more than one thousand patients at 55 centers in the United States and Canada. Its purpose is to establish biomarkers for the progression of Alzheimer's disease based on markers in the brain, spinal fluid, and blood. Much of the project's funding is administered by NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute.

"I am incredibly moved by this," said Dr. Weiner, who is also a Professor of Radiology, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. "Of course, none of this would be possible without the huge support that our research group and I have received during the past decades from the leadership of the VA, NCIRE, and UCSF."
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December 13, 2017