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Core E: Education & Information Transfer
The Education & Information Transfer Core has close to thirty years of experience training medical professionals about clinical care and research in Alzheimer's disease, educating patients and caregivers about the disease, and recruiting older participants to research studies conducted by the researchers of the Center.
The specific aims of the core are to:
(1) Enlist older volunteer participants of diverse backgrounds for research studies at the Massachusetts ADRC
(2) Develop mentorship and training opportunities for junior investigators, particularly those who are under-represented in the STEM ('science, technology, engineering, mathematics') disciplines
(3) Communicate the latest research findings to study participants, families and professionals through seminars/workshops and a variety of media outlets
(3) Enhance the professional education of clinicians in the diagnosis, management, and investigation of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias;
(5) Increase the knowledge of non-professional caregivers and members of minority communities about early identification and symptom control in people with dementia, and stress reduction for caregivers;
The Core maintains a registry/database of potential study volunteers -- with or without memory impairment, for enrollment into studies affiliated to the Massachusetts ADRC, including national and international studies sponsored by the National Institutes on Aging.
Professional education of medical and allied-health professionals in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders through this Core leverages the outstanding educational resources and training activities of the Harvard Medical School, and specifically, the Neurology Departments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Efforts to increase the level of knowledge of non-professional caregivers and all consumers about aging and cognition, the transition to mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and the diagnosis and management of these memory disorders are essential in order to improve early identification, symptom control and quality of life of the patient and the caregiver. Under the direction of Core Director, Dr. Reisa A. Sperling, the Core conducts workshops, seminars and other community programs for diverse older adults and their caregivers. The Core publishes newsletters for people participating in the Massachusetts ADRC's research studies and others who are interested in learning more about research in aging.
For more information about joining our subject registry, please contact csullivan21 [ at ] partners [dot] org (Caroline A. Sullivan), BA
For more information about receiving a free newsletter, please contact jgunther [ at ] partners [dot] org (Jeanette M. Gunther), MS
For more information about arranging for a speaker at an event, please contact lyap [ at ] partners [dot] org (Liang Yap), PhD