Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., is a senior member of the Alzheimer's Association science staff and an Alzheimer's Association spokesperson on a wide range of medical and scientific issues. She leads the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program, the world's flagship nonprofit initiative to advance Alzheimer's science. Since 1982, the Association has committed $292 million to more than 2,000 best-of-field investigators worldwide. She also leads the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable, a consortium of scientists from the academic world, industry and international public agencies collaborating to overcome universal barriers to progress in developing Alzheimer's treatments. Dr. Carrillo's core areas of expertise include the emerging effort to identify biomarkers, measurable indicators of underlying physical changes linked to Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, through brain imaging, spinal fluid protein analysis and other strategies. She coordinates Alzheimer's Association leadership of the World Wide Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI), an international effort to expand the federally funded Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) to include data generated by related studies around the globe. She also spearheads Association involvement in the Biomarkers Consortium, a private-public partnership to accelerate biomarker development, and the Alzheimer's Association Quality Control Program for CSF Biomarkers, an effort to facilitate cross-institutional consistency in analyzing Alzheimer's-related spinal fluid proteins. In addition, she leads the Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), the only professional society designed exclusively for individuals dedicated to Alzheimer's and dementia science. Dr. Carrillo is among the internationally recognized authors of new Alzheimer's disease diagnostic guidelines and criteria jointly issued in 2011 by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association. Dr. Carrillo also takes a lead role in Alzheimer's Association partnerships with the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation and the Health Research Alliance. She represents the Association on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Financial, a longstanding Alzheimer's Association strategic alliance partner.