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Milestone 11.J

AD Related Dementias – Specific

Increase education and training of health professionals and researchers focused on cognitive impairment and dementia.

Success Criteria

  • Establish new programs with equal missions of research and training (MD, PhD, and other professionals) of individuals in the full spectrum of basic through clinical research in AD/ADRD, including in health disparities of AD/ADRD, and who in the future plan to be:
    1. Basic, basic disease-related, or clinical researchers;
    2. Clinicians who lead clinical research or who support clinical research (e.g. by supporting enrollment in clinical trials), and;
    3. Clinicians who may not be directly involved in research, but who seek AD/ADRD education to be effective for their constituents.
    For these training programs it is important to include diverse trainees from varied research backgrounds; quantitative research is encouraged and should be reflected in the education of trainees when appropriate (e.g., statistics, bioinformatics, physics).
  • Increase training in grant review relevant to cognitive impairment and dementia, including for trainees representative of the diverse U.S. population.
  • Support a scholarship program that supports later stage in training health science professionals (MD, PhD, and other relevant health professionals) to attend AD/ADRD Summits.
  • Evaluate the impact on the AD/ADRD workforce of training initiatives designed to recruit and retain graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or early-stage investigators in cognitive impairment and dementia research, including from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Summary of Key Accomplishments

NIH's AD/ADRD program actively incentivizes, encourages, and seeks opportunities to develop research and training programs as key elements of the organization's mission and has established six new institutional training programs since 2020 (PAR-18-524 and PAR-22-021). The NIA and NINDS are engaged with various initiatives to support diverse perspectives in all levels of AD/ADRD research and clinical training and have created two new funding opportunities to assist postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds to transition to independent faculty positions conducting AD/ADRD research.

This information is current as of July 2022.

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AD Related Dementias - Specific
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