Congratulations to HELI 2018 alum Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN, on her recent Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)!
The prestigious Beeson award program is a collaboration between the NIA, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Since its inception in 1994, 225 scholars have been supported by the Beeson Program, which funds up to eight recipients from across the country annually. Unlike other mentored K awards, Beeson candidates must have served as a Principal Investigator on competitively awarded research support and held prior leadership positions to be eligible.
The goal of Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi’s project, entitled “Novel Approaches to Identifying and Engaging Disadvantaged Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease in Clinical Research,” is to improve access and engagement in Alzheimer’s Disease research among individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as racial and ethnic minorities and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Although individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are at significantly greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, they are disproportionately underrepresented in research. The proposed study will validate and trial Alzheimer’s screening and recruitment approaches tailored within acute care environments, which are underutilized in standard research recruitment strategies. The project will also support validation of electronic health record screening tools for Alzheimer’s and the specification of these tools for different populations.
Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi is an Assistant Professor in the UW-Madison School of Nursing. She also received a Collaborative Health Equity Research (CHER) Pilot Award from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) earlier this year for her project, ‘Development of Tailored Approaches for Optimizing Research Engagement among Disadvantaged Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Caregivers in Acute Care Settings.’
Congratulations & best of luck!