Dr. Rebecca M. Edelmayer is a North American scientist who leads efforts to accelerate the elimination of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through scientific exploration. She has over 17 years of experience as a practicing scientist and educator. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Neuroscience in 2003 while completing a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellowship. She then pursued her Ph.D. in Medical Pharmacology at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine from 2004 to 2009 and completed Postdoctoral Research with a focus on Neuropharmacology in 2011.
She started her career working as a Senior Scientist for Abbott in Neuroscience Discovery R&D from Oct 2011 until Dec 2013. Her journey continued as a Senior Scientist at AbbVie – a research-based spin-off company that originated from Abbott Laboratories – with a focus on Immunology Discovery R&D. In April 2018, she joined the Alzheimer’s Association in the Greater Chicago Area, where she sat as Director of Scientific Engagement for 3 years. In April 2021, she was promoted to Senior Director of Scientific Engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association. Under her leadership, the department has led efforts to accelerate the scientific agenda of the Alzheimer’s Association through the creation and delivery of ongoing research education. Dr. Edelmayer engages with over 75 Alzheimer’s Association chapters, supporting the significance of medical research and improving the lives of people living with dementia and their care supporters.