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Apply by Feb. 14: Funding to expand Alzheimer’s research infrastructure in Africa

Profile photograph of Dr. Maryam Galeh
Maryam GHALEH,
Division of Neuroscience (DN).
Photo of Minki Chatterji
Minki CHATTERJI,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR).

The authors thank their colleague Damali Martin, chief, Population Studies and Genetics Branch, Division of Neuroscience, for her assistance with this post.

Worldwide advances in health care mean that the global number of adults age 65 and over is expected to almost double from 2025 to 2050 to 1.6 billion. While longer lifespans are typically viewed as good news overall, the downside of this trend is the pressure on health care systems, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), which are projected to be home to over 80% of the world’s older adults by 2050. As the number of older people rises in LMICs, so will the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and the corresponding substantial public health challenge. 

Interested in helping African scientists meet the challenge? Tune in Nov. 16!

While health care systems in LMICs in South Asia, the Caribbean, and South America will all face growing hurdles, this problem will be especially difficult in African LMICs because the growth in that area’s older population is projected to outpace that of any other region. To strengthen the ability of African scientists to address this looming public health concern in their communities, we are excited to announce a new funding opportunity to support the development or enhancement of research infrastructure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias in Africa.

This opportunity will promote collaborations between U.S. and African scientists while supporting the development of research and pilot studies in Africa. Interested investigators should attend the pre-application webinar on Nov. 16, 9:30-11 a.m. ET.

Expanding NIA’s Global Footprint

This latest initiative is just part of NIA’s growing global health outreach. We continue to partner with our colleagues at the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and other NIH institutes and centers to support research and training for LMIC scientists across the globe. A recent example is the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) initiative in collaboration with the FIC, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Cancer Institute, and Office of Research on Women’s Health. This effort supports a Regional GEOHealth Hub in Peru, as well as an environmental health research and training center focused on Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile.

NIA also funds the Health and Retirement Study’s (HRS) International Family of Studies, which includes 22 international studies. While these studies originate from a wide variety of cultures and continents, their data are harmonized to facilitate international research and the sharing of key data and resources. Many of these studies are conducted in LMICs such as China, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Brazil. These HRS studies have also implemented use of the Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol, which is designed to measure and understand dementia risk and protective factors cross-nationally. 

Join the webinar on Nov. 16 and apply by Feb. 14!

Be sure to register to join us on Nov. 16 for the pre-application webinar, and apply by Feb. 14, 2024! If you have questions about your application, email Damali Martin, Maryam Ghaleh, or Minki Chatterji, and please include a draft of your one-page specific aims document to help us best tailor our feedback and guidance. If you have thoughts on supporting aging research in LMICs, please leave a comment below.

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