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    News Update – June 24

    Good News & Kudos

    Ann B. Bussel Award

    The Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is proud to announce that Andrew Liu, MD, MS, an assistant professor of neurology at Duke, was awarded the Ann B. Bussel (ABB) award for the project, “Tuberous Sclerosis Complex as a novel Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Tauopathy.” Jamie Capal, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics and neurology at UNC, is a co-investigator on this cross-institution collaboration. Starting on July 1, the researchers will receive $100K per year for two years in support of their research.

    The Ann B. Bussel Research Award, generously funded by the Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc., is named in honor of Ann B. Bussel, a long-time board member of the foundation, in recognition of her thirty-year commitment to funding and supporting creative research efforts directed at understanding and treating Alzheimer’s disease at Duke and at other research institutions.

    Research Project Grant Award

    Congratulations to the Biomarker Core’s Junior Associate Core Leader Miles Berger, MD, PhD, and colleagues, who just received notice of an R01 to study “APOE4 dependent regulation of CSF Complement Pathway Activation in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

    The Longest Ride

    Rev. Henry Edmonds, program coordinator for the ADRC ORE Core and the NC Registry for Brain Health, organized his annual fundraising event, The Longest Ride in early June. The event is a 55-mile bike course along the Neuse River Trail.

    ORE Core’s Dr. Brenda Plassmen (Duke) logged in with an impressive 70.58 miles ride. Nancy Sickel (Duke), Latorius Adams and her daughter (UNC), and Deborah Chestnutt (UNC) all served as volunteers at the event. A total of $12,340 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, 21 people registered for the NC Registry for Brain Health.

    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


    June 24, 5 pm – 7 pm
    June 25, 9 am – 4:15 pm
    Symposium for Learning about Alzheimer’s disease-related Medical research at Duke and UNC (SLAM-DUNC)
    Duke Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center
    Open to researchers, clinicians, and trainees from Duke, UNC, NCCU, UNC-Pembroke, and ECU
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    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

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    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.
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    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