Zaven S. Khachaturian, PhD


(301) 294-7201[O]
(301) 602- 4504 [M]

  • President, Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by 2020, Inc, [PAD 2020]
  • Editor-in-Chief, Alzheimer’s Dementia: Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Senior Science Advisor to the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Emeritus President & CEO, Lou Ruvo Brain Institute [a.k.a. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, NV]
  • President, Lou Ruvo Brain Institute/Keep Memory Alive, Las Vegas, NV
  • Senior Associate, Khachaturian & Associates Inc [An International Consulting Group re: Strategic Planning –Development – Marketing – Evaluation of Programs on Alzheimer’s Disease & Aging]
  • Director, Ronald & Nancy Reagan Alzheimer Research Institute, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Director, Office of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
  • Associate Director, Neuroscience & Neuropsychology of Aging Program, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
  • Vice President for Research, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Professor, Health Services Administration, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Interim Scientific Director, University of Pittsburgh Biotechnology Center
  • Program Development – Biomedical research & clinical studies/services related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and aging
  • Research on Aging Brain – Neurobiology of memory and neuroplasticity [learning]
  • ‘Unifying Theories’ of brain aging and neurodegeneration
  • Strategic Planning & Public Policy Analysis/Formulation re: national scientific programs

His contributions and leadership in the field of brain aging and AD have been widely recognized by numerous awards, such as:

  • NIH Director’s Award, 1983 – “In recognition of sustained and successful efforts in developing the Neuroscience of Aging Program and for leadership in the NIA’s initiative on Alzheimer’s disease.”  Awarded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Senior Executive Service, 1988 – Appointed a member of the SES by the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • “We Remember Award”, 1988 – “…for promoting the course of Alzheimer’s disease.”  Given by Duke University.
  • Scientist of the Year, 1992 – Given by the Maturity News Service.
  • President’s Award, 1993 – “In recognition as the chief architect of the National Institute on Aging program to combat Alzheimer’s disease … and with an academic background as a neuroscientist and his skill as a dedicated Federal official, he proceeded to develop the vision, then planned for recruitment, organization and support of an army of scientist devoted to the twin goals of better understanding Alzheimer’s disease and discovery of biomedical methods to combat it”.  Given by the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Public Service Award [co-honoree, with Mrs. Nancy Reagan] – The New York City Rita Hayworth Gala, 1996
  • Zaven Khachaturian Award”, 2004 – An award established by the Alzheimer’s Association to recognize in the future “individuals whose compelling vision, selfless dedication and most extraordinary achievement have significantly advanced the field of Alzheimer science.”
  • “Donabedian International award – 2009” – for an important contribution to the field of Health and Health Quality by the Avedis Donabedian Foundation/Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. “Professor Khachaturian is a world leader in research and creation of research networks to improve people’s life and to make possible a dream of collaborative research in Alzheimer and other chronic brain disorders building bridges across disciplines and countries”