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News Update – May 27

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

July 31 – August 4, San Diego and Online

Join us in San Diego and online for AAIC 2022, where the world’s leading basic scientists, clinical researchers, early career investigators, clinicians and the care research community will share breaking research discoveries that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease. Register >

  • Please let us know if you are attending the conference. We would like to plan a fun gathering and need a head count. Also let us know if you have an accepted abstract(s). Please contact michelle.cooley@duke.edu.

NAPA at 10: A decade of Alzheimer’s and related dementias research progress

By Richard J. HODES, Director, NIH National Institute on Aging


Please take a moment to read NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes’ blog post highlighting major advancements and ongoing initiatives of the last ten years.

As we mark the 10-year anniversary of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which arose from the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), it’s striking to pause for a moment and consider how far we have come. Thanks to increased congressional funding, NIH spending on Alzheimer’s and related dementias research advanced nearly 4.5-fold between fiscal years 2015 and 2020, reaching $2.87 billion. This momentum has enabled NIA-funded science to take significant strides forward.

Some of the many major accomplishments that the NAPA has made possible include:

  • Illuminating genetics: Ten years ago, we knew of just 10 genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and 20 years ago, we knew of only four. Today, researchers have identified more than 70 associated genetic areas, opening multiple new foci for potential prevention and treatments.

Read more >


 Last Chance – Register by next Wednesday, June 1 for SLAM-DUNC!

The inaugural Duke/UNC ADRC 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, ECU, and UNC-Wilmington. Meet colleagues, learn about one another’s research, and identify new potential collaborators!  Please see below for a draft agenda and registration link:

Register by June 1 >


Calendar

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 >

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

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