The University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center offeres 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 an integrated and comprehensive research training environment 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 biweekly Collaborative Research Workgroup (CReW) 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, comprehensive training environment that advances our mission of advancing care, treatment, or prevention of AD, brain aging, and neurodegenerative disorders.
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Developing Scholar Internship
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. Interns will participate in 12-51 week projects. Any undergraduate may apply for an Internship though positions are limited and dependent up on availability of projects and funding.
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.
The KU ADC and Wichita State University's Regional Institute on Aging are partnering to increase the diversity of our scientific workforce through the KDART Internship program. If you are an underrepresented minority undergraduate student at Wichita State University with an interest in a research career related to issues of aging contact Dr. Alex Chaparro, Alex.Chaparro@Wichita.edu. A small stipend is provided for the 12-week internship on the KUMC campus through the Marian Van Dyke and Faith Vidoni Educational Fund.
*At this time we are unable to accommodate individuals under 18 years of age for training opportunities in our research or clinic offices.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for opportunities available to graduate students.
Advanced Practicum in Health Psychology
The KU ADC works closely with the University of Kansas Department of Psychology to provide advanced experiential learning opportunities for Clinical Psychology doctoral candidates in evaluation, and clinical and lifestyle counseling. Students learn and participate in neuropsychological testing on the Clinical Cohort, lead our group Smart Aging talks with older adults, and provide supervised counseling in our Memory Care Clinic. Contact David Johnson, PhD for more details.
The KU ADC Memory Care Clinic is the premier tertiary care clinic for dementia in the Kansas City region. Our clinicians see over 1200 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 neuroimaging and neuropathological research experience. Through the KDART Fellows will be trained in scientific hypothesis development, 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. Contact Eric Vidoni, email@example.com, to apply.
The Kansas Dementia Fellowships program provides Fellows with an opportunity to participate in an independent, translational research program through didactic 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. Post-doctoral PhD trainees are encouraged to contact Eric Vidoni about post-doctoral training opportunities. A limited amount of funding may be available for the initial year of the fellowship. Contact Eric Vidoni, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.