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Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants 

Research Grants Awarded in 2022

June 14, 2022 - Alzheimer's Disease Program Award Announcement

The California Department of Public Health, Chronic Disease Control Branch, Alzheimer's Disease Program (ADP) is pleased to announce its intent to award seven (7) two-year research grants, totaling $8,730,744. The research categories focus on women, and communities of color, and on populations historically underrepresented in research, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) communities. The award recipients and categories are: 

Caregiving

(Individual) Principal Investigator: Maria Aranda, Ph.D, MSW, MPA

Institution: University of Southern California

Project Title: Leveraging New and Existing Data to Evaluate the Efficacy and Effectiveness of Caregiver Intentions

Amount/Years Awarded: $999,791 (2 Years)

(Individual) Principal Investigator: Jarmin Yeh, Ph.D, MPH, MSSW

Institution: The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco

Project Title: Replicating the IHSS + ADRD Training Project: Reducing the Social & Economic Impacts of Caregiving for Older Adults with ADRD in the IHSS System through Training

Amount/Years Awarded: $ 798,873 (2 Years)

Early Diagnosis and Detection

(Consortium) Principal Investigator: Rachel Nosheny, Ph.D

Institution: The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: California Latino Brain Health Registry

Amount/Years Awarded: $2,231,504 (2 Years)

(Individual) Principal Investigator: Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, Ph.D

Institution: The Regents of the University of California, Davis

Project Title: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Metabolic Dysfunction and Alzheimer's Disease: The Diet-Gut-Liver-Brain Axis

Amount/Years Awarded: $1,000,000 (2 Years)

(Individual) Principal Investigator: Timothy Chang, MD, Ph.D

Institution: The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

Project Title: Assessment of Dementia Screening Toolkit for Primary Care in Diverse Populations

Amount/Years Awarded: $799,932 (2 Years)

(Individual) Principal Investigator: Freddi Segal-Gidan, Ph.D, PA

Institution: Rancho Research Institute

Project Title: Improving Caregiving Support for Latinos with Early Onset Dementia

Amount/Years Awarded: $597,648 (2 Years)

Populations Suffering from Health Disparities

(Consortium) Principal Investigator: David Johnson, Ph.D

Institutions: The Regents of the University of California, Davis

Project Title: Testing Efficacy of the Good Life Program on Healthy Aging to     Change

Amount/Years Awarded: $2,302,996 (2 Years)

The State of California supports research that contributes to the better understanding, care, and support of patients and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Pursuant to Revenue & Taxation Code Sections 18761-18766, the ADP is authorized to award funds for Alzheimer's disease and Related Disorders research. Awards for RFA #20-10079 are funded as a result of approval of the fiscal year 2021-22 State of California Budget. Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that dedicated time and effort to submitting applications.

Alzheimer's Disease Program Research Grants - Background

Since 1985, CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has funded scientists engaged in the study of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research encompasses areas of basic science, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, health disparities, behavioral management, drug therapies and caregiving.   

In 1984, California enacted legislation requiring the Department of Health Services (now CDPH) to administer a research grant program to help discover the cause, and the cure for, Alzheimer's disease. The CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has awarded over 145 research projects since inception, which have contributed significantly to our understanding of the disease and its impact on patients and their caregivers.

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