Call for Applications – ADRC REC Scholars

    The Duke/UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC, NIA P30AG028716) promotes career development in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD+ADRD) research through its core resources. The central theme of our ADRC is to identify age-related changes across the lifespan that mediate the development, progression, and experience of Alzheimer’s disease. Applicants are encouraged to leverage the services and resources of the ADRC Cores

    Purpose of the Award: The goal of the ADRC Research Education Component (REC) is to promote the development of future research leaders who are conducting basic, translational, or clinical AD+ADRD research within the focus area of age-related changes across the lifespan. The REC will award up to 4 REC Scholar awards annually, of 2-year duration, with funding beginning July 1, 2023. The award can cover salary, project support, and research career development activities. REC Scholars are supported by the ADRC Cores listed above, and meet regularly with a mentorship team including ADRC Investigators. At the conclusion of the award, REC Scholars are expected to pursue external funding in their research area.

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    AD research Post-Doc positions

    The Duke Medical Center has two new post-doc positions open in AD research – Neurodegenerative Disease Proteomic Analysis Postdoc Position, and Neuroimaging Postdoc Position.

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    Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson receives Lifetime Achievement Award in AD research

    Duke-UNC ADRC Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease Research

    We at the Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) are troubled by the recently reported research misconduct by an Alzheimer’s researcher at another university. Our Center is built on the idea that Alzheimer’s disease can only be combatted through collaboration, innovation, and rigorous research. Although the allegations in the report do not involve our Center or investigators, we take issue with any data falsification in our field: it is an abuse of public trust and research funding. 

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    Inaugural SLAM-DUNC Symposium

    The inaugural Symposium for Learning about Alzheimer’s Disease Medical Research at Duke and UNC (SLAM-DUNC) took place on June 24th and 25th at Duke University’s Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center in Durham, North Carolina. The symposium was filled with inspiration and conversations about the Duke – UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s (ADRC) work to bring together leading researchers in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias across the two major research institutions. 

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    Famed Duke and UNC Coaches Speak Out for the Duke-UNC ADRC

    Former basketball coach legends from Duke and UNC, Coach “K” Michael Krzyzewski and Coach Roy Williams, show their support for the Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in videos recorded for the Center’s first Symposium for Learning about Alzheimer’s disease-related Medical research at Duke and UNC (SLAM-DUNC).

    The symposium was held on June 24 – 25 at the Duke Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. Researchers, clinicians, and trainees gathered from Duke, UNC, North Carolina Central University, UNC-Pembroke, and East Carolina University to hear research presentations, view posters, gather resources and network.

    Video capture of Duke's Coach K

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    Studying Early Signs of Dementia in Younger, More Diverse Patient Population

    New NIH-funded center focuses on identifying age-related changes across the lifespan

    The newest NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)—a collaboration established in Fall 2021 between Duke and the University of North Carolina (UNC)—is focused on identifying age-related changes across the lifespan that impact the development, progression, and experience of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The center will also identify how factors that arise in early- and mid-life contribute to racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in dementia. Read article>

    Can Preserving Vision and Hearing Prevent Dementia?

    Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, is quoted in this article published by ALZFORUM in March 2022:

    While scientists know that age-related hearing loss increases a person’s risk of dementia, their view of how vision loss affects cognition is fuzzy. It may be coming into focus, though. Recently, scientists reported that people who had surgery to remove cataracts were 30 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those who went untreated. Recent meta-analyses of observational studies suggest that fading eyesight increases dementia risk up to twofold. Could simply preserving or restoring people’s vision and hearing lower the incidence of dementia? Prospective trials addressing this possibility are ongoing. Read article >