Organizational Overview: Founded in 1998 by Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease. The ADDF is the only public charity solely focused on funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s, employing a venture philanthropy model to support research in academia and the biotech industry. Through the generosity of its donors, the ADDF has awarded more than $168 million to fund over 650 Alzheimer’s drug discovery and biomarker programs and clinical trials in 19 countries. To learn more, please visit: http://www.alzdiscovery.org/
The Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention at the ADDF critically evaluates the scientific evidence behind therapies that have the potential to promote brain health and/or prevent dementia. Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention also aims to develop new evidence for dementia prevention through funding of programs via the Prevention Pipeline RFP.
CognitiveVitality.org is a program of ADDF and is managed by the Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention team. This website was launched in 2014 and is an evidence-based brain health resource that empowers people to make smarter brain health choices. Contents include first steps to protect your cognitive vitality, blog posts on news related to dementia risk and prevention, and unbiased ratings of supplements, food, drinks, and drugs for potential benefit, evidence, and safety.
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and productive scientist with a passion for identifying and evaluating potential therapies for brain health and dementia prevention. This individual will spend the vast majority of time researching and critically evaluating the literature and writing evidence-based in-depth reports on potential therapies. The Program Officer will also help manage the Prevention Pipeline RFP, contribute new content to CognitiveVitality.org, attend scientific conferences, collaborate with scientists in the Scientific Affairs team, and meet with donors.
Placement: This position will report directly to the Director for Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention. This is a full-time exempt position based in midtown Manhattan, NY. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Key Responsibilities: • Critically evaluate and write in-depth scientific reports on drugs, drugs-in-development, drug targets, supplements, natural products, and non-pharmaceutical interventions that appear promising for prevention of dementia and other age-related diseases • Critically evaluate and write in-depth reports on how risk factors and biomarkers may indicate a risk of cognitive decline • Survey diverse sources of information such as the scientific literature and social media to identify promising therapies to be evaluated • Contribute content to CognitiveVitality.org, including blog posts on brain health news, and unbiased scientific ratings of supplements, food, drinks, and drugs for potential benefit, evidence, and safety • Assist in managing the Prevention Pipeline RFP by proactively soliciting applications for promising dementia prevention research that use epidemiology or clinical trials, assisting in the review process, communicating with the applicants, and monitoring the progress of successfully funded programs • Attend scientific conferences to identify promising therapies and maintain up-to-date knowledge of research in aging, Alzheimer’s, and related dementias • Meet with donors and represent ADDF at fundraising and public events • Work with the ADDF Scientific Affairs team on programmatic efforts including performing due diligence of programs and writing peer-reviewed scientific articles • Other related duties as necessary
Requirements: This position requires a PhD or an equivalent degree in neuroscience, pharmacology, epidemiology, or related fields with a strong understanding of neurodegeneration biology. The position also requires in-person attendance to some meetings. The ideal candidate will have: • Strong scientific credentials and publication record • Exceptional writing skills and oral communication with demonstrated ability to communicate to both scientific and lay audiences • Aptitude for rapidly assimilating new fields and critically evaluating scientific evidence • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail • Exceptional time management, productivity, and work ethic to meet priorities and deadlines • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within and across teams, with external scientists, and with donors • Strong commitment to ADDF’s mission and cause.
To Apply: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter, CV, and salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org Please state “Program Officer Prevention” on the subject line. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Applicant inquiries are directed to contact HR@alzdiscovery.org.
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