Summer Data Immersion Program

Each year, the Research and Education Core (REC) will sponsor a Summer Data Immersion that will leverage University of Michigan’s considerable secondary data resources to train investigators at all levels (graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty, mid and senior faculty). The specific goals of this national, competitive program are to provide:

  1. Intensive analytic training
  2. Exposure to secondary data sources that can be used for supplementary publications and pilot data for grant applications
  3. Significant networking opportunities. During the five-day program, leaders from ICPSR, NACDA, and HRS at U-M will introduce scholars to major, large-scale, international datasets available to address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)-relevant research questions and provide hands-on instruction in the use of these datasets.

The Costs of Alzheimer ’s Disease and Related Dementias
Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease
Summer Data Immersion
Ann Arbor, Michigan: May 23 – 26, 2022

Applications are open for a Summer Data Immersion (SDI) program hosted by the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD). The SDI will be held May 23 – 26, 2022 on campus at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

MCCFAD is an NIH/NIA-funded Alzheimer’s disease focused Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) that seeks to address disparities in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) through research, mentorship, community links, and increased numbers of behavioral and social scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. The SDI provides hands-on training in the use of publicly available data resources to address important research questions relevant to ADRD. The theme of the 2022 SDI will be “The Costs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias”. During the program, data will be used from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

The SDI advances a team science approach. It will include informational presentations about best practices for working with HRS data, discussion on the financial and non-financial costs of ADRD, and training in advanced analytic techniques to model data from large-scale, longitudinal, and dyadic studies. This foundation will inform collaborative workgroups that will work as teams to pose hypotheses and analyze the HRS data during the SDI to examine costs of ADRD. An important aspect of the program is building new collaborations within these workgroups to initiate and pursue new collaborative publications during and after the SDI that advance research on health economics and contextual factors of ADRD. There will also be a presentation about linking HRS to medical expenditures (ME) data as an informational opportunity for participants interested in future use (Note: The SDI will not involve use of ME data).

There is a competitive application process for the selection of attendees. Applications are encouraged from all levels (i.e., graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty, mid and senior faculty). Expertise in statistics or health economics is NOT a prerequisite. We value participation from quantitatively-minded individuals who seek to expand their research focus to ADRD and/or health economics as well as ADRD researchers interested in advancing research on contextual factors in ADRD as well as their skills in working with and analyzing large scale data. We seek to include scholars with diverse research experiences from a variety of disciplines (e.g., health economics, psychology, epidemiology, sociology, nursing, medicine, public health, social work) to promote peer learning of new skills and perspectives that will be incorporated into attendees’ future research programs. Applications are due February 14th, 2022, and notification of acceptance will occur by March 28, 2022.

Interested individuals should complete the application using the following link: SDI Application Applications with attached CVs/Biosketch should be submitted by February 14, 2022. Please contact mccfad.isr@umich.edu any questions. We hope to see you this summer!

Please Note: With respect to COVID-19, we will follow the most current University of Michigan guidelines/safety protocols.

Toni Antonucci & Laura Zahodne, MCCFAD Research and Education Core co-leads Richard Gonzalez, Noah Webster, & Laura Zahodne, MCCFAD Analytic Core co-leads Kristine Ajrouch, Toni Antonucci, & Laura Zahodne, MCCFAD Directors

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) hosted it’s second Summer Data Immersion (SDI) program June 7-16, 2021
Forty-five researchers joined this virtual program to emphasize racial/ethnic and contextual
factors in the study of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) care using a team science approach. During
the program, data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its
linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) were used to investigate AD care topics,
including: 1) immigrant contexts, 2) end-of-life caregiving, 3) multiple caregivers; 4) spousal
caregiving; 5) geographic contexts; 6) interactions with the medical system; 7) costs of AD
caregiving; 8) COVID-19 contexts; and 9) paid care in the contexts of community and long-
term environments. MCCFAD kicked off the nine-day program with plenary talks on the
topics of AD care in racial/ethnic contexts from Dr. Sheria Robinson-Lane, NHATS and
NSOC overview from Dr. Vicki Freedman, and dyadic analysis techniques from Dr. Richard
Gonzalez, including a podcast style presentation in collaboration with Dr. William Chopik.
The virtual format incorporated in-depth team work, a hack-a-thon, as well as social and
cultural activities including a chocolate tasting event where SDI participants learned about
cocoa that comes from parts of the world where racial/ethnic minorities in the U.S. have
ancestry. MCCFAD’s long-term goal is to eliminate ADRD disparities through research
findings, mentorship, community links, and increased numbers of behavioral and social
scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. Each year we accept 3 Research Scientists for
our enrichment program which involves mentoring from the pilot-study investigator stage
through professional publications and independent research applications and funding. Keep
an eye out for our Request for Proposals in fall 2021. The SDI program is organized to
extend our reach and contribute to advancing the science of contextual factor in Alzheimer’s
disease. We solicit applications for our SDI in early spring.

2019 Program

Modeling Cognitive Aging in Context

By all accounts, the 2019 MCCFAD Summer Data Immersion Program was a big success!

Participants represented all career levels and various academic disciplines. The program included didactic presentations, small workgroup meetings, hands-on training in data analysis to address important research questions relevant to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, lots of networking, and mentorship opportunities.

The 2019 workshop may be over, but it does not end here. Participants will continue to work with their group members to answer their research questions and develop their publications!