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June 2022 Newsletter

Do you have an engagement strategy for diverse participation in your R01 application?

Recruitment Partners’ goal is to ensure our academic, pharmaceutical, and small business clients run a high-quality study that meets established timelines, avoids unnecessary extensions, and accurately represents the diverse makeup of those touched by dementia. African‐Americans represent 12% of the U.S. population but only 5% of clinical trial participants, while Hispanics make up 16% of the population but only 1% of clinical trial participants. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of minority participation in clinical trials became increasingly evident resulting in pressure from regulators, like the FDA, to make researchers build more intentional plans for achieving diversity in their studies.  Does your study design reduce access barriers to diverse participation? Do you have a plan for sustained diverse community engagement, both online and in-person?

Contact Recruitment Partners to get a free consultation on your recruitment approach before the July 8th NIH Deadline!

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Summer Brain Boot Camp

As part of the Summer Brain Boot Camp 3-day intensive, Mike Splaine will deliver a talk on Physical Activity for Brain Health on June 22nd. Learn about how physical activity can benefit the brain particularly in people with ADRD.

Register for the free virtual event here.

Recruitment Partners at AAIC

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference will be held July 31-August 4 in San Diego and online. Come by the Recruitment Partners booth 214 to say hello and learn how RP can support you in your study design and participant recruitment.

Don’t miss Mike Splaine’s presentation at AAIC. Mike will present on International Psychogeriatric Association Guidelines on Dementia and Agitation: From Provisional to Final with Related Treatment Algorithms. Findings from Dialogue with Patients and Families of Persons with Dementia. This presentation will be on August 1st at 1:15pm – 2:30pm PST in the San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 20BC.  

Register for the event here.

Who Me, A Brain Research Volunteer?

Schedule your network for a free seminar about the benefits of participating in brain research. Hear about some of the latest in brain science and get your questions answered about the how-to’s of participation.

Schedule today, call or email Jen Vasconcellos:

443-741-1696 ext 703

Dementia and the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community may face particular challenges related to Alzheimer’s and dementia including finding welcoming care and access to family support, concerns about stigma, and higher rates of poverty and social isolation. The Alzheimer’s Association has LGBTQ community resources for members of the LBGTQ community who are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia and caregiver resources for spouses, partners and family members.

Find LGBTQ Community Resources for Dementia HERE.

Moving Together Online Program

Moving Together is a National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded online group movement program for people with dementia or MCI, and their care partners. Moving Together online sessions consist of gentle movements, mindfulness activities, and opportunities to make new friends to help improve quality of life, memory, and mobility.  Participants will join the online movement sessions as a pair (a person with memory loss and their care partner) and must have a computer, laptop, or tablet with internet access. This is a 12 week program that meets online for 1 hour 2x a week. The program, valued at $720, is offered free of cost.

If you are interested in joining the program, fill out this short interest survey HERE.

UCSD Alzheimer’s Study

The study is seeking people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, aged 50-83, who live in the San Diego area. Study participants receive Memantine, an FDA approved medication for Alzheimer’s disease and participants will complete a series of problem-solving tests and an EEG test. Enrolled participants are compensated for their time.

If you are interested in joining the study, fill out this short interest survey HERE.

Benefits of an Early Dementia Diagnosis

Bill and his wife Jo share their beautiful love story. Bill shares that after Jo’s diagnosis, they were able to start a whole new life together. As Bill puts it, ‘We can become acquainted with one another anew every single day’. Learn about the benefits of an early diagnosis and read about Bill and Jo’s story here.

What’s Happening in the Alzheimer’s Field?

June is Alzheimer’s Brain Awareness Month

During Alzheimer’s Brain Awareness Month, we honor the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s and the supportive community of family, friends and caregivers. June 21st is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. On June 21st, every year, people from across the world online or in-person, help raise awareness and fight for a brighter future for Alzheimer’s. On June 21st, get involved by taking part in an activity you enjoy and turn it into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s. Learn more here.

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