Applications Open for Inaugural Science of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias for Social Scientists Program

Applications Open for Inaugural Science of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias for Social Scientists Program:

The University of Southern California Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (USC RCMAR) and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics Aging and Cognition Program are pleased to announce the inaugural Science of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) for Social Scientists Program, with funding by the National Institute on Aging.

Key Information:

  • Full day program: April 14, 2020 at USC in Los Angeles
  • Open to social scientists, at any level (pre-doc, post-doc, junior or senior faculty) interested in pursuing or expanding their research agenda to the field of ADRD
  • Basic travel and hotel expenses will be covered
  • Application deadline is 12/20/2019

About the Program:

This unique program consists of a one-day series of lectures by national biomedical experts on ADRD. The purpose is to expose both junior and more advanced social scientists interested in pursuing research in the ADRD field to the biomedical foundations of the diseases, with the ultimate goal of expanding knowledge and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Science of ADRD for Social Scientists Program offers participants the opportunity to learn about the biomedical issues of ADRD to inform their social science research by:

  • Providing a vocabulary for engaging in meaningful dialogue with the biomedical community.
  • Helping participants to recognize key issues in biomedicine and make the best use of available data.
  • Providing a valuable screen of significant studies to identify the most salient details.
  • Serving as a forum where participants can ask experts questions tailored towards their social science interests.

Planned lecture topics include: aging, cognition and early disease onset; vascular dementia; genetics and Alzheimer’s disease; brain systems and cognition; cognition and decision making; cardiovascular disease risk and dementia; biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease; regenerative therapeutics; and Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials.

Program Details and Application Information:

The full-day program will take place at USC’s University Park Campus in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2020. It is open to social scientists, at any level (pre-doc, post-doc, junior or senior faculty) interested in pursuing or expanding their research agenda to the field of ADRD. The program will cover travel and hotel for participants outside the Los Angeles area, and ground transportation and parking for local participants. Meals will be provided the day of the program.

Space is limited. Interested participants should submit their application via the below form. The application includes a 300-word statement of interest describing the applicant’s commitment to a current or planned research agenda in the field of ADRD.  A copy of the applicant’s CV (in Word or PDF format) should be emailed to Briana Taylor at brianawh@usc.edu by 12/20/2019. Include “Science of ADRD for Social Scientists” in the subject of the email.

Program organizers are:

  • Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD, Director, USC RCMAR; Co-Director, Aging and Cognition Program, and Director, Research Training Program, USC Schaeffer Center; Associate Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Mireille Jacobson, PhD, Co-Director, USC Schaeffer Center Aging and Cognition Program; Associate Professor, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
  • Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar of Aging Studies, Syracuse University
  • Dana Goldman, PhD, Director, USC RCMAR; Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair, USC Schaeffer Center; Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy and Economics, USC School of Pharmacy and USC Price School of Public Policy

For administrative questions, contact Program Administrator, Briana Taylor, brianawh@usc.edu.