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High-Impact Alzheimer's Disease Registry Research Workshop

The 2022 High-Impact Alzheimer's Disease Registry Research Workshop for Scholars of Color will be held on Thursday, July 21st on the campus of the University of South Carolina, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Please click the link below for further details about the  workshop, eligibility criteria, and how to submit the brief application which is due on June 24th. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the purpose of the workshop?

A: The High-Impact Alzheimer’s Disease Registry Workshop for Scholars of Color is a 1-day mentored workshop for underrepresented minority/minoritized (URM*) scholars who are interested in developing a research project using Alzheimer’s Disease Registry data with the support of a mentor. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce scholars to the data that are available in the registries, brainstorm project ideas, network with other scholars, and connect with senior mentors. No prior experience conducting research using secondary data is required. *URM is defined as persons from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research. This includes Blacks, African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Q: What is the expected outcome of the workshop experience?

A: The goal of the workshop is to provide a mechanism for senior faculty/experts to mentor junior URM scholars in Alzheimer’s Disease registry research through submission of:

  • A conference abstract to the National Conference on High-Impact Alzheimer’s Disease Registry Research
  • A manuscript to an academic journal within the next 12 months

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been underrepresented in biomedical research
  • Have a terminal degree
  • Have received their terminal degree within the past 10 years

Q: What costs will selected applicants be reimbursed for?

A: Scholars who are selected to attend the workshop will be reimbursed for three-night travel related costs to include airfare, hotel, incidentals, and child/family care. The Program Coordinator will contact selected scholars with additional information regarding the University of South Carolina (USC) Travel Authorization (TA) process before travel arrangements can be finalized.

Q: How can an applicant prepare for the workshop?

A: To best prepare for the workshop, scholars should review the Promoting High-Impact Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference session recordings entitled “Introduction to Statewide Alzheimer’s Registries” and “Research Guided by Statewide Alzheimer's Disease Registries”. All conference session recordings are available below.

Q: How many mentors will be assigned to the accepted applicants?

A: Each scholar will be assigned two mentors.

Q: Where will the workshop be held?

A: The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of South Carolina (USC), located in Columbia, SC.

Q: What are my options for lodging?

A: To facilitate lodging arrangements, a room block has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC. Reimbursements for lodging will be made for up to $350/night.

Q: Who will be making the travel arrangements?

A: Scholars will be asked to make their own travel arrangements and keep all receipts to be submitted to the Program Coordinator for processing of reimbursements. Selected applicants must complete the USC TA form before finalizing travel arrangements..

Q: When will final decisions be made about who will be accepted?

A: Final decisions about selected scholars will be made by June 21st.

Q: Will there be a virtual option to attend the workshop?

A: No, this is an in-person only event.

Q: Am I expected to have a project idea in order to attend the workshop?

A: Applicants are not required to have a project idea before applying for or attending the workshop.

Q: How many scholars will be selected to attend the workshop?

A: A limited number of scholars will be selected in order to ensure an interactive and engaging workshop experience. 

Apply now to attend the 2022 Workshop!

If you have any questions, please contact Quentin McCollum (  

Conference Session Recordings

If you missed our conference or want to revisit a particular conference presentation, please see below for all  of the recorded sessions that were part of the National Conference on High-Impact Alzheimer's Disease Registry Research.

Conference Welcome

Conference Keynote:  Diveristy in Alzheimer's Disease Research: The Role of a Research Registry

Speaker: Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD (Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research)

Conference Session 2: Introduction to Statewide Alzheimer's Disease Registries

Speakers: Rana Bayakly, MPH (Georgia Alzheimer's Disease Registry); Maggi Miller, PhD (South Carolina Alzheimer's Disease Regsitry); Bernard Schreurs, PhD (West Virginia Alzheimer's Disease Regsitry)

Conference Session 3: Research Guided by Statewide Alzheimer's Disease Registries

Speakers: Nicole Davis, PhD (Clemson University); Miriam Evans, EdD (South Carolina State University) 

Conference Session 4: How Alzheimer's Disease Data, Including Registries, Guide State annd National Initiatives

Speakers: Jo Pauling-Jones, MEd (AARP South Carolina); Lisa McGuire, PhD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); Taylor Wilson, BA (South Carolina Alzheimer's Association)

Conference Session 5: How Alzheimer's Disease Data, Including Registries, Guide Community Initiatives

Speakers: Megan Byers, LMSW (University of South Carolina); Cheryl Dye, PhD (Clemson University); Caitlin Torrence, MA, MS (Clemson University); Elizabeth Head, MPH (Georgia Department of Public Health)


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