In 1998, the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) was established as an academic institute in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health under the directorship of Dr. Mark Sager. Since then, WAI has achieved national and international recognition for its innovative research and public health programs.
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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. More than 5 million Americans are currently living with AD and more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. WAI is working hard to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease while providing tailored outreach, state-of-the-art education and compassionate support to those living with the disease as well as their caregivers.