Professor of Epidemiology; Director, National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center
Walter Kukull has been the PI and Director of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) [U01AG016976] since 1999. He is also Professor of Epidemiology at University of Washington in Seattle and has been on the faculty there since about 1984. Walter began working in Alzheimer’s disease with the NIA-funded, UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center when it was first funded in 1985. In about 1987, he and Eric Larson started the Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Registry [U01 AG006781] now known as the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study when it became a prospective cohort study in the mid 1990’s. Although both the ACT study and UW ADRC continue today, Dr Kukull has concentrated on NACC and its collaborations since about 2000.
Walter is an active member of the Alzheimer Disease Genetics Consortium (G. Schellenberg), and an advisor to the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (T. Foroud) as well as being a member of the External Advisory Committees for a number of NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Centers and other studies. He graduated from University of Washington (BA), and Western Washington U (MS) and then UW again for PhD in Epidemiology in 1983. He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a Senior Associate Editor for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.