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News Update – July 1

Inaugural SLAM-DUNC Inspires ADRD Community

The first Symposium for Learning about Alzheimer’s disease-related Medical research at Duke and UNC (SLAM-DUNC) was held on Friday and Saturday, June 24 – 25 at the Duke Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. Over 80 researchers, clinicians, and trainees from Duke, UNC, NCCU, UNC-Pembroke, and ECU gathered for networking on Friday evening, and presentations and poster sessions on Saturday.

The event featured two keynote speakers: Jason Karlawish, MD, Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics with the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania presented “Amyloid on the brain, Alzheimer’s on the Mind,” and Todd Cohen, PhD, Associate Professor with the UNC Department of Neurology presented “Our Aging Brains: a Tug-of-War between Pathology and Resiliency.” View a list of all 11 presenters and topics >

Drs. Karlawish and Cohen selected two winning posters from the 24 posters submitted:

  • Eric Griffith, PhD, Samuel DuBois Cook Center, Duke – “Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis-Seeking In Mexico and the United States: Barriers and Motivations”
  • Kathleen R. Walter, PhD, Nutrition Research Institute, UNC – “Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Causes Persistent Neuroinflammation and Age- and Sex- Specific Effects on Cognition and Metabolic Outcomes in an Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model”

Basketball coach legends from UNC and Duke, Coach Roy Williams and Coach “K” Michael Krzyzewski, expressed their support for the Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in recorded videos.

Many thanks to the REC Core, Michelle Cooley and everyone else who helped to plan and organize this collaborative event!

More details about the event and additional photos coming soon.


Good News & Kudos

Gwenn Garden, MD, PhD (UNC) and Heather Whitson, MD (Duke) co-directors of the Duke-UNC ADRC, along with Dean Brenner of the Alzheimer’s Association, Josh Smith of The Devil’s Den, and Steve Clark and Adam Rowe of 247Sports discussed Alzheimer’s disease research, fundraising and support systems in this recently recorded Duke Athletics Podcast.

The Duke iMIND group published “Assessment of retinal microvascular alterations in individuals with amnestic and nonamnestic mild cognitive impairment using optical coherence tomography angiography” in Retina, July 1, 2022. Congratulations to Cason RobbinsDennis AkrobetuJustin MaSandra StinnettSrinath SoundararajanAndy LiuKim G. JohnsonDilraj Grewal, and Sharon Fekrat!

Monica Maria Diaz, MD, MS, (UNC) co-authored “Evaluation of a functional assessment tool in patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease in Lima, Peru.” Presented as an oral platform presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association Latino & Alzheimer Symposium 2022, April 25-26, 2022; Bonita Springs, Florida.


GSA Biological Sciences – Diversity in Aging Travel Awards

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is offering travel awards to support graduate students, post-docs, and early-stage faculty interested in attending The GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Biological Sciences Program in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 2 – 6, 2022.

Interested candidates should submit an abstract through the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting portal. The “Late Breaker” abstract submission online form will be open from July 8 through August 18, 2022. As part of the online application process, watch for the prompt: “I would like to be considered for a Biological Sciences Minority Scholar Travel Award.”

There are eight available awards and the successful applicants will be notified in writing by email on or about September 19, 2022. The award is fixed at $750 and will cover your expenses in part. The GSA will assist you in obtaining additional funds from your home institution or elsewhere if needed. If you have any questions, please contact Trish D’Antonio at biosciaward@geron.org


Abstract and Presentation Opportunities at the 2022 Fall ADC meeting

  1. Fall ADC Data Core meeting:  The ADC is accepting abstracts (1 paragraph) for a data blitz session on Saturday, October 22. The theme is tools and methods for digital phenotyping relevant for brain health. Digital technologies including mobile, wearables, and home monitoring devices show promise as readily accessible biomarkers to detect subtle cognitive, behavioral, sensory, and motor changes that may serve as early biomarkers and monitor disease progression. Digital data tends to be complex and high-volume requiring development of novel methods for data mining and validation. The ADC is seeking abstracts that showcase methodological advances to address the challenges of harnessing digital technologies. Representation from other cores is strongly encouraged. They plan to have a panel to provide feedback and lead a discussion.
  2. Pre-meeting Analytics workshop:  The ADC is accepting abstracts for 15- 20-minute presentations for the pre-analytics workshop on Wednesday, October 19. The workshop is a chance to informally meet and network with NACC and ADC Data Core leaders and members. This forum is for sharing technical and methodological aspects of both data/informatics and analytic strategies. The ADC hopes to have presentations from data managers and statisticians alike who are developing computational, statistical, epidemiological, and/or informatics methods.

Deadline for Abstracts: Monday August 15, 2022
Submission and information: Sudeshna Das, PhD at SDAS5@mgh.harvard.edu


Calendar

July 28, 4pm – 5pm
ADRD IDEAS Forum
“The Role of Selected Natural Products in Triggering the Autophagy-Lysosomal Pathway to Promote Brain Health”
Michael Fernandes de Almeida, M.S.
Research Specialist
Biotechnology Research and Training Center
University of North Carolina – Pembroke
Join Zoom Meeting

July 31 – August 4, San Diego and online
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC)
Let us know if you will be attending and/or have an accepted abstract.
Register >

September 21, 5:30-6 pm reception; 6 – 7 pm lecture
Karen L. Wrenn Lectureship: “On the Occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day”
Bryan Research Building, Room 103, 311 Research Drive, Durham, NC, Parking TBA
Host: Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS