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    News Update – March 25, 2022


    Heidi Roth, MD, (Clinical Core) and Andrea Bozoki, MD, (ORE Core) will each present a webinar as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Under the Dementia Umbrella, ” a five-program series on non-Alzheimer’s dementias. Dr. Roth will present “Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasias on April 21 from 6-7:30pm. Register >

    Dr. Bozoki’s talk on vascular dementia in September is still in the planning stages. More information to come.

    Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, (ORE Core) will be the keynote speaker for the Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health on Friday, May 13 from 2:30-4pm CST, live via Zoom. Dr. Dilworth-Anderson’s research focuses on health disparities and Alzheimer’s disease with the emphasis on building knowledge for the scientific and lay communities. Register >

    Duke Neurology’s Ornit Chiba-Falek, PhD, was the featured speaker for a Green House Project podcast, “Editing the Genetics of Alzheimer’s” that aired on February 9.

    NIH seeks input on ways to enhance diversity in Alzheimer’s and related dementias clinical trials

    In 2018, the National Institute on Aging launched the National Strategy for Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Clinical Research with the goal of engaging a wider, more diverse number of participants in these studies. They have since been working on several ways to address the challenges outlined in the recruitment strategy. One of their newest projects is designed to examine the potential of community-based research networks (CBRNs) to enhance inclusion of traditionally underrepresented populations.

    On March 9, the NIH released a Request for Information (RFI) asking for comments and suggestions as they consider the potential of CBRNs to help with these efforts. They are specifically seeking insights that will enable them to sustain engagement with underrepresented adults, including people with disabilities, people from rural communities, and people of diverse races and ethnicities. Learn more >

    Meet the ADRC Staff!
    A continuing series to introduce members of our ADRC

    Rodney Jones
    Database Analyst, Data Management and Statistics Core

    Rodney Jones is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in physics. He later received Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also had a postdoctoral position in biophysics. He has worked at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (formerly the Center for Human Genetics) since 1999, specializing in clinical data management systems development, including database and applications programming. His work with the ADRC primarily involves REDCap project development and data transfer programming with the DMPI’s PEDIGENEÒ database.

    Outside of work, Rodney spends his time hiking with local hiking groups and on his own. He is also involved in genealogical and historical research.


    June 24-25, 2022, Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center, Duke University

    The first Symposium for Learning about Alzheimer’s disease-related Medical research at Duke and UNC (SLAM-DUNC) will be held Friday-Saturday, June 24 – 25 at the Duke Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. The symposium is open to researchers, clinicians, and trainees from Duke, UNC, NCCU, UNC-Pembroke, and ECU and will include:

    • Research presentations from REC Scholars and trainees
    • A poster session
    • Networking sessions
    • Information about ADRC core resources

    A call for abstracts will be sent out in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you there!

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