UK-ADRC Research Education Component (REC) Scholar Training Program
The REC Scholars Training Program is a newly established program supported by our NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (UK-ADRC) grant P30 AG072946. The program is aimed at junior investigators (assistant professors or clinical fellows) and will provide protected time and support for junior investigators from multidisciplinary fields to pursue mentored basic, translational, or clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias. Awards are intended to provide seed funding and protected time that will facilitate the initial testing of novel hypotheses that lead to national-level funding of an expanded research plan based on the pilot work. Scholars will follow a customized training plan to foster career development goals with mentored support. Training is provided in a supportive and collaborative academic environment with experienced and dedicated training faculty. The REC Scholars Training Program will generally be a 2-year appointment (if review of the Scholar’s performance and progress at the end of the first year is deemed acceptable). Successful applicants will be awarded $30,000 per year, which will generally be used for salary support to provide protected research time. However, up to $10,000 of this funding per year can be used to conduct pilot studies or other activities that will enhance the Scholar’s career development. Scholars will also receive an additional allotment of up to $10,000 in support per year for travel for workshops or experiential learning exchanges and to attend semiannual national ADRC meetings.
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is the recipient of a $2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to train the next generation of dementia researchers. The T32 training grant, entitled “Training in Translational Research in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias” (or TRIAD), is the first Sanders-Brown Center on Aging training grant dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.