Temple University’s Alzheimer’s Center


Partner Since 2020

Toffler Scholar Program

The Alzheimer’s Center at Temple University integrates research, training, clinical, and educational activities in order to study the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, discover the mechanisms responsible for their onset and progression, and develop effective treatment strategies with the ultimate goal of curing those diseases.

The Toffler Scholar Program provides crucial early-stage funding and network support for researchers at Temple University’s Alzheimer’s Center. Researchers are chosen to become Toffler Scholars due to their innovative thinking and research excellence.

“As the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple University continues to blaze new trails in the fight against this devastating disease, their discoveries are made possible thanks to the generosity of philanthropic supporters like the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust. The Trust’s belief and investment in our Alzheimer’s Center work is helping to reach the breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research that will ultimately defeat it.”

- Nina Weisbord
Chief Advancement Officer at Temple Health, Assistant Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Associate Vice President of Temple University

Toffler Scholars


Ashley Carey


Dr. Elisa Canepa


Silvia Fossati, PhD

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

Get an in-depth look at some of our Toffler Scholars.


Dr. Fossati

Dr. Fossati is the inaugural Toffler Scholar at Temple University, where she is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and the Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Center. Her research focuses on the molecular development of disorders relating to the brain and blood vessels and the cell-death and mitochondrial stress mechanisms that cause neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Elisa Canepa

Dr. Canepa

Dr. Canepa earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Temple University. She is an Associate Scientist at the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Dr. Canepa and her team are investigating neurovascular dysfunction and neuroinflammation (gliosis) in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Dr. Canepa hopes their research will lead to novel therapeutic strategies to reduce neurovascular pathology and neuroinflammation in patients with AD.

Ashley Carey

Ashley Carey

Ashley Carey earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2023 at Temple University. A PhD candidate in Neuroscience, Carey is researching the role that specific cardiovascular risk factors play in the onset and progression of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease.


3 Toffler Scholar Awards

3 Year Partnership

$120,000 In Funding To-Date

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