IMPACT Collaboratory funds two pilot study awards

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory is happy to announce the recipients of its inaugural cycle of the IMPACT Pilot Grant award program. Recipients were selected from an impressive group of competitive applications.

IMPACT Pilot Grant Award Recipients (RFA 2019)

Brent Forester, MD, MSc, Mass General Brigham
Implementation of the Care Ecosystem training model for individuals with dementia in a high risk, integrated care management program

Ula Hwang, MD, MPHIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Pathway to Detection & Differentiation of Delirium & Dementia in the Emergency Department

About IMPACT Collaboratory

The IMPACT Collaboratory was established in 2019 to meet the urgent public health need to deliver high quality, evidence-based care to people living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners within the healthcare systems (HCS) that serve them.  The IMPACT Collaboratory accomplishes this mission by building the nation’s capacity to conduct embedded pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) among people living with dementia and their care partners through building investigator capacity, funding and supporting the design and conduct of ePCTs, and ensuring the research includes culturally-tailored interventions and people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

The IMPACT Collaboratory brings together multidisciplinary experts from across the nation organized into 10 Working Cores Groups and Teams. The cores and teams partner with health care system leaders and key stakeholders to support the IMPACT mission. The IMPACT Collaboratory hosts monthly Grand Rounds and podcasts open to everyone to provide insight into conducting ePCTs for PLWD and their care partners. Learn more on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About IMPACT Collaboratory’s Pilot Grant Program

The IMPACT Collaboratory funds several one-year pilot studies annually, which are meant to generate the preliminary data necessary to design and conduct future full-scale, stage 4 effectiveness ePCTs funded through other grant mechanisms. Awards are for single Principal Investigator applications for one year and are non-renewable. The IMPACT Collaboratory encourages applications that address dementia care for people of all backgrounds and promote health equity.

Currently Accepting Applications for 2020 IMPACT Pilot Grant Program

Award applications for the current awards cycle opened April 28, 2020. The application process is a 2-step competitive process. The first step, a mandatory LOI, is due no later than May 29, 2020.  Selected investigators will be invited to submit a full application.

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) outbreak, in this award cycle, the IMPACT Collaboratory will prioritize applications proposing pilot ePCTs of telemedicine, telehealth, and remote technologies interventions aimed at improving the health care, unmet needs, quality of life and/or health outcomes for people living with AD/ADRD and their care partners. Applications for pilot ePCTs testing other types of non-pharmacological interventions in this population will also be considered.

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