Find Funding for Dementia Research: Meet the Alzheimer’s Association (2021)

The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with the Office of Research and Foundation Relations, will present a workshop to help acquaint researchers at BU with the Association’s mission, funding priorities, programs, and grant application protocols.

The Alzheimer’s Association supports diverse research across the spectrum of dementia science, including projects that advance understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, identify new treatment strategies, improve care and support for people with dementia and their families, and further knowledge of brain health and disease prevention. Researchers supported by the Association have expertise ranging from bench research to clinical care to community health and support services. In addition to its eight core grant programs, several of which are intended to promote underrepresented groups in research, the Association has several others strategic grant opportunities.

Stefania Forner, PhD, joined the Alzheimer’s Association as the Director of Medical & Scientific Relations in June 2021. In this role, she oversees and manages the International Research Grant Program and the Strategic Grants funding program. Prior to joining the Association, she was a Project Manager for the NIH Consortium MODEL-AD at UC Irvine. She has a PhD in Pharmacology and serves as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals.

Dr. Forner will also be joined by two BU faculty members: Ben Wolozin, MD, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Hugo Aparicio, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Assistant Director of Research at the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Dr. Wolozin is a recipient of the Association’s 2014 Zenith Fellows Award for research on the role of RNA binding proteins in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Aparicio is a recipient of a 2020 research grant investigating blood biomarkers as predictors of vascular cognitive impairment and dementia.

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