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Message from the Director

Domenico Praticò, MD
Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research
Professor and Director, Alzheimer's Center at Temple (ACT)
Professor, Pharmacology
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Welcome to the home page of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple (ACT) at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University!

ACT is committed to promoting brain health and foster discoveries for a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias through cutting-edge research, clinical studies and innovative educational programs, with the ultimate goal to find a cure.

As the world population continues to age, Alzheimer’s disease is becoming a major health care concern. If novel successful therapies do not become available, the number of patients suffering from the disease will rise from 5.4 million today to 15 million in 2050 in the US.

This fact underscores a sense of urgency in the field, and represents the spring board for our priorities:

  • Advance the knowledge on mechanisms responsible for the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias.
  • Conquer these diseases by discovering novel and effective therapeutic approaches for preventing, halting or delaying them.
  • Transfer scientific information to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias and mobilize public and private sectors in this fight.

ACT brings together a diverse team of multi-disciplinary and talented investigators who devote their entire effort to making a difference in the fight against these diseases. They implement a synergistic, complimentary and collaborative experimental approach to fulfill our center’s mission.  

To win this battle we are fully committed to take ACTion against Alzheimer’s disease. We hope you will join us in this fight!


Domenico Praticò, MD