This new funding opportunity, supported by NINR and NIA, comes in three flavors:
Its purpose is to stimulate clinical research focused on biobehavioral or technological interventions to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease- or age-related cognitive decline. There is particular interest in interventions that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community. Research to inform the development of such interventions is also of interest, as well as research examining underlying mechanisms and biomarkers associated with response to interventions. It is anticipated that the results of this research will help affected individuals maintain independence and quality of life, improve their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and additionally help to reduce stress, burden, and other poor outcomes in their caregivers.
Research projects of interest include, but are not limited to, those that address:
- Biobehavioral interventions aimed at attenuating cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment, particularly those that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community
- Technology-based interventions that can be used to attenuate cognitive decline, or to deliver biobehavioral or other non-pharmacological interventions aimed at attenuating cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment
- The long term effects of cognitive training, physical activity, nutrition, sleep or other modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors that have shown potential to affect cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment
- The biological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying the positive effects of biobehavioral or technological interventions; biomarkers that can indicate effectiveness of such interventions
Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged. Additionally, applicants should consider engaging the resources and expertise of nearby or otherwise available Clinical and Translational Science Award grant sites (CTSAs) and/or federally funded research centers where possible.
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