October 2016


ACT-AD’s Ninth Annual FDA/AD Allies Meeting Is November 16

Don’t miss out. The Ninth Annual FDA/AD Allies Meeting is Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852). Get the conference agenda and registration details here.

NIH Almost Doubles Its Investment in BRAIN Initiative Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced its third round of grants for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing NIH’s total 2016 investment to over $150 million. Over 100 new awards will assist NIH’s efforts to develop new technologies that help “understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action.” Learn more here.

Science Advisory Board Member Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, Wins Office on Women’s Health 2016 Trailblazer Award

ACT-AD is pleased to announce that Science Advisory Board Member Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, received the 2016 Office on Women’s Health Trailblazer Award at the Women’s Health 25th Anniversary Celebration. Greenberger also served as a panelist at the event, discussing the future of women’s health. You can watch the event here.

2016-2017 Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group Seminar Series Kicks Off November 3

The 2016-2017 GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) seminar series begins with “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health,” a lecture by Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH. More information can be found here.

National Advisory Council on Aging Approves New Concept Proposals Focused on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

In a recent blog post, Dr. Richard Hodes, director, National Institute on Aging, announced that 26 new concept proposals were approved for funding opportunities to accelerate Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research. The concepts will be developed into funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) that address issues involving Alzheimer’s. The full blog post can be found here.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Offers Free Telephone-Based Support Group for Caregivers 

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will begin offering a free telephone-based support group for caregivers to discuss the challenges and rewards of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. The group will begin its ongoing calls, starting on November 4. The group will connect every Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information can be found here.

Draft EPC Report on Prevention of Age-Related Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer’s Now Available

The draft Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) report on Interventions to Prevent Age-Related Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Clinical Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia is now available online. Comments on this report can be submitted until October 31, 2016. To submit a comment, please go here.