Alexander Friedrich Kurz, M. D., born 1950, is Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Cognitive Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München.

Dr. Kurz received his medical degree at Ludwig Maximilians Universität Muenchen. Since 1985 he has been active in the field of geriatric psychiatry as a clinician and researcher. From 1990 to 2015 he chaired the Centre for Cognitive Disorders at Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München.

He has a broad range of scientific interests including the identification of the causes and risk factors of neurodegenerative diseases, early identification and differential diagnosis of these disorders using biochemical markers and brain imaging, clinical and neurobiological correlates of brain reserve capacity, design and evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia and their informal carers, and the management of uncommon causes of dementia including early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Frontotemporal lobar degenerations. Currently Dr. Kurz is coordinating several international projects aiming at the improvement of dementia care.

In addition to his activity in dementia research, Dr. Kurz has acted as a principal investigator in numerous clinical drug trials in phases II, III and IV in the indications of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and frontotemporal dementia.

Dr. Kurz has authored or co-authored more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is a regular reviewer for international medical journals. He has has served on the board of Alzheimer Europe and is an officer of Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft. He is also affiliated with the International Psychogeriatric Association, the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consorti um and the INTERDEM working group.