The University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center offers a strong, collaborative environment for trainees to develop clinical and research skills through our Kansas Dementia & Aging Research Training (KDART) pipeline. The goal of the KDART pipeline is to provide integrated and flexible research training by creating a pipeline that supports and propels aspiring researchers through each level of career development, from undergraduate work through junior faculty status.
From our weekly Journal Club and Collaborative Research Workgroup (JCReW), to didactic offerings, to informal one-on-one mentoring and hands-on projects, trainees will develop skills that will benefit them throughout their career. Our long-term goal is to provide a nationally recognized training environment that advances our mission of advancing care, treatment, or prevention of AD, brain aging, and neurodegenerative disorders.
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We believe that providing research opportunities to undergraduates is critical to building a strong medical research workforce. The Developing Scholar Internship will expose undergraduate students* to research training in brain aging and dementia through structured projects. Projects will emphasize developing good research practice skills.
Participants will be assigned projects based on KU ADC members' ongoing research programs. Example projects include neuroimaging processing through established protocols; analysis of existing datasets to answer a hypothesis; development of a standard operating procedure for handling of activity monitoring devices and data for an exercise prescription trial; and exposure to molecular-based biomedical research laboratories pursuing AD research projects.
*We are unable to accommodate individuals under 18 years of age for volunteer or training opportunities in our research or clinic offices.
ESU/KU ADC Developing Scholars Summer Internship Program
The KU ADC and Emporia State University are partnering to increase the diversity of our scientific workforce through the KDART Internship program. The program selects 1 individual with a background that is historically underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, which includes: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you are an undergraduate student at Emportia State University with an interest in a research career related to issues of aging contact Dr. Jennifer Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org. A small stipend is provided for the 12-week internship on the KUMC campus through the Marian Van Dyke and Faith Vidoni Educational Fund.
Graduate and Medical Students at KUMC
The KU ADC is committed to supporting graduate and medical student trainees. The KDART works with established graduate programs in the region such as the Kansas University Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) to support aging and dementia related projects. KDART faculty will help students and their mentors plan to most efficiently and effectively use KU ADC resources. Contact Eric Vidoni, email@example.com, for opportunities available to graduate students.
The KU ADC Memory Care Clinic is the premier tertiary care clinic for dementia in the Kansas City region. Our clinicians see over 2000 patients per year with many types of dementia. We have created a Clinical and Research Fellowship in Dementia to prepare physician scientists. Fellows will receive advanced clinical training in differential diagnosis and neuropsychological examination as well as research experience commensurate with their interests. Through the KDART Fellows will work with a mentor to develop lines of scientific inquiry, and good clinical or basic science research practice. The Fellowship is approved by the University of Kansas Medical Center's Graduate Medical Education office without AGCME accreditation. Clinical Fellows must be eligible for an independent Kansas Medical License. Contact Eric Vidoni, firstname.lastname@example.org, to apply.
The KDART program provides individuals who have completed a doctoral-level degree with an opportunity to participate in an independent, translational research program through training in sound clinical research design and execution; practical clinical and translational research training through mentoring and active participation in the mentor's clinical research activities. Our objective is to develop physician scientists and clinical researchers with clinical and translational scientific research skills who will have an immediate impact on aging and dementia research. Funding may be available for the fellowship. Contact Eric Vidoni, email@example.com, to apply.
At this stage of the KDART Pipeline, KDART faculty will work with junior faculty to navigate use of KU ADC resources, especially with consultation, scientific resources and undergraduate and graduate assistants from further up the KDART pipeline. Junior faculty are strong encouraged to consult with KDART faculty and apply for KU ADC Pilot Awards.