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Advance your career and the future of dementia research

From Alzheimer's Association

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Advance your career and the future of dementia research

The Alzheimer’s Association® Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute (AA-ISRI) is an immersive, no-cost opportunity for early career researchers in psychosocial care and public health to further their knowledge of dementia science and accelerate breakthroughs in the field.

Join us in Chicago, USA, August 14-18, 2023, where experts will offer diverse perspectives on groundbreaking research through group sessions and individual mentoring. Twenty-four applicants will be selected for this exclusive experience. Attend AA-ISRI to:

  • Gain knowledge of basic clinical and biological aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Hone essential research skills and learn about emerging research designs and analytical methods.
  • Make connections with leaders and peers in the field.
  • Develop a research proposal for Association and NIH funding.
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Applications are due March 10, 2023.

Psychosocial and public health postdoctoral students and early career researchers are eligible to attend. Individuals from diverse backgrounds — including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; people living with disabilities; and women — are always encouraged to apply. Please share this invitation with potential candidates in your network.

Through networking, mentorship and didactic sessions, participants will discover new ways in which their existing research interests and knowledge intersect with, and can contribute in novel ways to, breakthroughs in the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) field. The Alzheimer’s Association Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute (AA-ISRI) focuses on key subfields of psychosocial research and public health research as they relate to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and systems of care for persons with dementia.

Selected participants will:

  • Gain knowledge on basic clinical and biological aspects of ADRD.
  • Advance basic skills in conducting research on ADRD.
  • Hear about cutting edge and emerging research designs and analytical methods.
  • Broaden connections and networks within the field of dementia research.
  • Develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with an experienced faculty.
  • Hone essential independent researcher skills to increase career success.
  • Concentrate on psychosocial and public health research through parallel track sessions.
  • Begin developing a research proposal that could be submitted for funding to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or the NIH.

The AA-ISRI schedule offers a mix of didactic sessions; workshops to develop research, writing and career-development skills; mentoring and small group time, including meals and breaks for networking. Morning sessions include all participants, with breakouts into separate public health and psychosocial tracks in the afternoon to allow for more in-depth exploration, summarizing current research and discussing gaps.

The program includes support and consultation for the development of participants’ research interests and advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to the Alzheimer’s Association and NIH. Throughout the week, participants will work on their own research proposal, discussing it with peers and mentors, with the goal of a refined set of aims by the end of the week. Alzheimer’s Association scientists and experts will also be available for networking and high level interactions with participants about their research ideas and career plans.

The AA-ISRI is held yearly in the summer. The program is presented over five days at the Alzheimer’s Association home office in Chicago, IL

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