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News Update – May 20

Events

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop

Mechanisms for Organizational Behavior Change to Address the Needs of People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Monday and Tuesday, May 23 – 24

Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Associate Professor Emerita and founder of the Duke Dementia Family support program is presenting at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s free workshop on “Mechanisms for Organizational Behavior Change to Address the Needs of People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.”  On Monday, May 23 from 10:25 – 11:55 am she will be speaking about quality in hospital-to-facility transitions for people with dementia.

Learn More and Register >



CARiNG-StARR Speaker Series:
Building Behavioral Interventions: Essential Methodological
and Analytical Elements of Behavioral Treatment Design

Wednesday, May 25, 12 pm – 1 pm

Patrick J. Smith, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences, Duke University will discuss:

Behavioral trials differ in several fundamental components when compared to more traditional pharmacological trial designs. This talk will cover methodological and analytical considerations of behavioral clinical trials with a specific focus on areas of divergence from conventional FDA approaches for pharmacological agents. Methodological differences include diverse choices with respect to the design of control conditions, approaches for measuring treatment delivery and fidelity, and multimodal approaches for assessing and integrating diverse behavioral outcomes.

Dr. Patrick Smith is a clinical psychologist and biostatistician by training. His research focuses primarily on lifestyle interventions to mitigate cognitive decline and biobehavioral interventions in cardiothoracic patient populations.

https://duke.zoom.us/j/95321739467?pwd=Ym5pc1Z5N080ejZ0akVBUXBPOENvdz09
Meeting ID: 953 2173 9467
Passcode: 945864


Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers IDEAS Forum

Thursday, May 26 at 4pm

Featured speakers:

  • Melissa Harris, PhD, RN
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University and Durham VA Healthcare System
    “Development of a Dyadic Stress Management Toolkit for Dementia Caring Dyad”
  • Ling Wu, MD, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor Biotechnology Research Institute and Technology Enterprise
    (BRITE Institute) North Carolina Central University
    “New Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Tauopathies Diagnosis”

All trainees interested in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are invited to attend.

Zoom link >

Contact Quirina Vallejos for more information or to join the forum listserv.


 Register by June 1 for SLAM-DUNC!

We are putting the finishing touches on planning for the inaugural Duke/UNC ADRC Symposium for Learning about Alzheimer’s disease-related Medical research at Duke and UNC (SLAM-DUNC). The symposium 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, ECU, and UNC-Wilmington. To date, 59 people have registered so we are expecting to have a dynamic, multidisciplinary group who are eager to meet colleagues, learn about one another’s research and, hopefully, identify new potential collaborators.  Please see below for a draft agenda and registration link:

Register by June 1 >


Karen L. Wrenn Lectureship

On the Occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day

Bryan Research Building, Room 103, 311 Research Drive, Durham, NC
Parking TBA

Speaker: Randall J. Bateman, MD

Randall J. Bateman, MD, is the Charles F and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, director of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) and director of the DIAN Trials Unit (DIAN TU).

Bateman’s laboratory investigates the causes and methods of diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) utilizing a wide variety of assays and techniques. His lab recently reported on a highly accurate blood test for Alzheimer’s disease amyloid plaques which can detect AD pathology decades before symptoms of the disease develop. The Bateman lab has focused research projects on tau isoform species in brain, CSF and blood, and also neurofilament biomarkers.

Bateman’s research in DIAN has provided evidence for a cascade of events beginning decades before symptom onset that leads to Alzheimer’s disease dementia, supporting development of Alzheimer’s disease prevention trials. This focus on deep scientific involvement in Alzheimer’s disease has led to seminal scientific discoveries, breakthroughs in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and blood diagnostic testing and groundbreaking translational studies and therapeutic trials. In 2010 Bateman organized the Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease Forum, a patient and family advocacy group, and then launched world wide meetings for family members which have grown into annual meetings with family members attending from most continents The DIAN Expanded Registry is the portal for families with dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease to become connected to the DIAN studies and other families around the world.

He has collaborated with the FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH) biotech and pharmaceutical companies Bateman’s many honors include the Scientific American 50 Award recognizing the top 50 scientific achievements and the 2019 Potamkin Prize given each year to the leading Alzheimer’s research and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Host: Duke ADRC member, Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS
Neurocogitive Disorders Program – Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences



Calendar

Monday and Tuesday, May 23 – 24
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop: “Mechanisms for Organizational Behavior Change to Address the Needs
of People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias”
Learn More and Register >

May 25, 11 am
UNC BRIC Seminar Series: “Brain imaging genetics for Alzheimer’s disease: integrated analysis and machine learning”
Li Shen, PhD, FAIMBE
https://zoom.us/j/94205219878?pwd=RUIvZHZ0TEYxeWw3NnEzYlVrY3BpZz09
Meeting ID: 942 0521 9878, Passcode: 150444

May 25, 12 pm – 1 pm
CARiNG-StARR Speaker Series: “Building Behavioral Interventions: Essential Methodological and Analytical Elements of Behavioral Treatment Design”
Patrick J. Smith, PhD, MPH
https://duke.zoom.us/j/95321739467?pwd=Ym5pc1Z5N080ejZ0akVBUXBPOENvdz09
Meeting ID: 953 2173 9467, Passcode: 945864

May 26, 4pm
ADRC IDEAS Forum
Melissa Harris, PhD, RN – Development of a Dyadic Stress Management Toolkit for Dementia Caring Dyad
Ling Wu, MD, PhD – New Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Tauopathies Diagnosis
Zoom link >
Meeting ID: 934 1924 5781, Passcode: 115380

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
Learn More and 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

 


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