Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Coaching for Advanced Health Care Needs for Decision Making in Alzheimer’s Disease

There is a significant need to support patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families with health care planning towards the end of life. Notably, there is a need to provide consistent support and education during the planning process. Health care providers must do more to provide this needed education and support. One such idea is to improve the coordination of care via a high-level education... more »


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Optimizing Clinical Studies Recruitment

Access to clinical trials

Too many academic institutions take forever to open trials and process patients, causing huge loss of potential patients who give up waiting or who are simply never contacted after expressing interest. Continue the trend toward opening trials at community centers where MDs have hospital access for invasive procedures to increase enthusiasm for enrollment and provide access to trials for more patients.


Building Relationships with Local Communities

Employ Local VA Medical facilities

The VA provides 1741 domestic medical facilities with some degree of mental health and/or primary care provided to veterans and qualifying family members. Eight conditions are targeted in Mental Health, but not Alzheimer's. However, screening for dementia is offered, so could be a tapped as a source of recruitment for research. A cursory review of the attached report appears to include any efforts aimed at a large population... more »

Building Relationships with Local Communities

Recruitment and retention of minority persons

True commitment to engaging, recruiting and retaining members of minority or underrepresented populations in Alzheimer's research, could be demonstrated by ensuring that clinical investigators,"steering committees"and research teams are consistently representative. Strategies that have proven successful, though perhaps more labor and cost intensive, should be promoted. Building enduring relationships in minority communities... more »


Building Relationships with Local Communities

Increase workforce diversity and engagement of community bridges to address bias

Develop strategy to evaluate and reduce implicit bias in the workplace: Assess and quantify implicit bias at the academic and community research sites: operationalize the metrics and the approach to meet this goal. Assess diversity of study staff, researchers, and principal investigators. Identify and provide resources to facilitate this assessment. Identify existing resources for cultural competency training at the home... more »


Enhancing Study Site Capacity

Develop guidelines to recruit and retain diverse and inclusive professional workforce at all levels of the research team.

This could include: 1) Identifying the project’s target populations and develop a staffing and outreach strategy that is appropriately sensitive to this goal. 2) Developing employment descriptions that capture relevant experiences with the target communities and specialized skills (e.g. language facility, familiarity with the community). 3) Identifying opportunities to leverage staffing resources from other academic... more »