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A call to action on dementia research for the behavioral and social sciences

picture of Chandra Keller
Chandra KELLER,
Social Science Analyst,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
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Elena Fazio
Elena FAZIO,
Health Scientist Administrator,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
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We are elated to announce that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released a new NIA-sponsored report highlighting behavioral and social science research opportunities in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias over the next 10 years. For its Reducing the Impact of Dementia in America: A Decadal Survey of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, NASEM compiled extensive input from the scientific community and other stakeholders to assess the state of the science and identify key areas of promise for social and behavioral research.

Opportunities for engagement

The report highlights ways that investigators from a range of behavioral and social science disciplines — including economics, demography, social epidemiology, behavior change, sociogenomics, and decision neuroscience — can become involved in Alzheimer’s and related dementias research. The great news is there are already many relevant opportunities: Several priorities highlighted in the NASEM Decadal Survey research recommendations are well-aligned with NIA’s existing activities and will also inform future directions.

Here are some examples of high-priority areas identified in the report and the steps NIA is taking to address them:

An expansive portfolio

The topics highlighted above are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to NIA’s Alzheimer’s and related dementias behavioral and social research programs. Our ever-growing portfolio is designed to advance our understanding of the etiology and epidemiology of these diseases; enable international comparisons of dementias risk and prevalence; and elucidate the interplay of biological risk, behavior, and social determinants to identify causal pathways to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The research we support features a wide variety of approaches — from direct interventions to economic analyses, to measurement innovation — and we are always open to new ideas.

We want to hear from you!

Reach out to our Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) Program Officials to discuss your ideas and find your place in our Alzheimer’s and related dementias research portfolio. And visit NIA’s approved concepts page throughout the year to get an early peek at likely future initiatives. We look forward to expanding the research in several of the directions highlighted in the NASEM Decadal Survey!

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