Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center launches pilot project program

September 25, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC) has announced the availability of “kick starter” research pilot project funds ($35,000 in direct costs) to investigators at U-M, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, to test new ideas about the causes and treatment of dementing disorders. 

The MADC invites members of the scientific community from these partner institutions to submit applications for pilot project funding.

The application deadline is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

The MADC is committed to funding at least two pilot projects. The MADC and the U-M Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center will consider joint funding for a promising application addressing research issues shared by both centers.

As we seek to understand and cure Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), the MADC considers it among our highest priorities to support innovative, high-impact research.

The proposed research must be relevant to ADRD and/or non-?-amyloid related dementias. Pilot projects should emphasize one or more of the following:

  • Center’s thematic focus on non-?-amyloid factors contributing to neuronal dysfunction and degeneration in dementia
  • Leveraging of resources available through the MADRC and its Cores, and/or co-enrollment of participants in the MADRC’s longitudinal cohort
  • Utilization of databases available through the MADRC: the Michigan Brain Bank via the Neuropathology Core, the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC), or the Alzheimer’s Diseases Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)
  • Novel methods of detecting/treating cognitive changes
  • Emphasis on studying cognition and challenges to diagnosing and treating age-related dementia in underrepresented minorities
  • Aging, frailty and cognitive changes due to aging in older adults
  • Health disparities in underrepresented populations and ADRD
  • Impact of COVID-19 on older adults with ADRD
  • Caregiver burden and stress in ADRD

Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.