Behavioral and Social Research Areas in Alzheimer's Disease
The National Institute on Aging's (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports research and initiatives on the social, behavioral, and economic factors pertaining to cognitive health and Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease related dementias (AD/ADRD) at both the population and individual levels. BSR is committed to advancing high-caliber science in a variety of disciplines, including demography, lifespan development, psychology, behavioral medicine, behavioral economics, sociology, interpersonal relationships, health services research, behavioral genetics, and social epidemiology to promote the health and wellbeing of persons living with AD/ADRD and their caregivers.
BSR supports research on a variety of topics related to AD/ADRD at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational. Below are research areas that illustrate BSR's commitment to understanding AD/ADRD etiology and epidemiology, preventing age-related cognitive decline, addressing challenges associated with AD/ADRD care, developing interventions to improve the health and well-being of persons with dementia and their caregivers, and fostering data resources to the scientific research community.
To contact a BSR Program Official regarding projects related to any of these areas please send a brief email to BSR with specific aims attached.
BSR is currently accepting grant applications to several funding opportunities in different scientific domains related to AD/ADRD. The full list of BSR's active AD/ADRD funding opportunities can be found below. A list of BSR's active funding opportunities in other research areas is available.
Workshops and Meetings
BSR has convened a variety of workshops and meetings on different topics related to AD/ADRD and cognitive decline in recent years. Please click on the meeting titles below to access a summary of each meeting as well as meeting reports and other documents.
Summit Virtual Meeting Series: 2020 National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers
July 10, July 21, and August 13, 2020
Decadal Survey of Behavioral and Social Science Research on Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementia
August 14-15, October 17, 2019 and July 7-8, 2020
Incorporating the Experimental Medicine Approach in the Development of Primary Prevention Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Workshop
October 10-11, 2019
May 23, 2019
Improving Patient Outcomes through Effective Caregiver-Clinician Communication and Relationships Expert Meeting
May 17-18, 2018
State of the Science for Pragmatic Trials of Non-Pharmacological Interventions to Improve Outcomes Among Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers
December 1, 2017
October 25, 2017
Innovating the Next Generation of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Care Interventions: Addressing the Needs of Persons Living with Dementia, Caregivers, and Care Providers
July 31, 2017 - August 01, 2017
Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: Behavioral and Social Factors Related to Alzheimer's Disease
June 12-13, 2017
September 14, 2016
October 26, 2011