Request for Applications: Duke/UNC ADRC Norins Pilot Awards for Alzheimer’s Research

The purpose of these $50,000 pilot awards is to stimulate and support collaborative, innovative research on the potential role of microbes or pathogens in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  Letters of intent are due by July 12, 2021


Welcome From The Director

Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS
Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) & Ophthalmology
Director, Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

The Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development is a multi-disciplinary hub for the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan and management of social and medical complexities in late life. With more than 126 affiliated faculty members from across the University and Medical Center, and millions of dollars annually in aging-related research funding, the Center is a vital national resource for the study of aging.

Current research includes: studies of resilience to late-life stressors; age-related functional decline; genomic, proteomic and metabolomic biomarkers of aging; exercise; osteoporosis; Alzheimer’s disease; cancer and aging; viral diseases of aging; depression in later life; caregiver stress; and religion/spirituality and health.  The Center is also dedicated to advanced training and innovative education for the next generation of gerontologists and geriatricians, and to expanding and enhancing the field of aging-related research at Duke and beyond.