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.

Announcing a virtual Summer Data Immersion Program June 7 – 16, 2021

Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors

Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease

Virtual Summer Data Immersion
Ann Arbor, Michigan: June 7-16, 2021

Applications are open for a virtual Summer Data Immersion program hosted by the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease, June 7-16, 2021.

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (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 findings, mentorship, community links, and increased numbers of behavioral and social scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. The Summer Data Immersion program provides hands-on training in the use of publicly available data resources to address important research questions relevant to ADRD. The theme of the 2021 program will be “Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors.” During the program, data will be used from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC).

The Summer Data Immersion program advances a team science approach. It will include informational presentations about best practices for working with NHATS/NSOC data by a study Principal Investigator, as well as discussion on the topics of race/ethnicity, culture and family care. Training will be provided in advanced analytic techniques to model data in largescale, longitudinal, and dyadic studies. This foundation will inform collaborative workgroups that will work as a team to pose hypotheses and analyze the NHATS/NSOC data to examine contextual factors in family care. An important aspect of the program is an emphasis on building new collaborations within these workgroups to initiate and pursue new collaborative publications that advance research on race/ethnicity and contextual factors in ADRD family care and foster the development of new research networks.

There is a competitive application process for the selection of attendees. Applications are encouraged from all levels (graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty, mid and senior faculty). Expertise in statistics or ADRD caregiving is not a prerequisite. We value participation from quantitatively-minded individuals who seek to expand their research focus to ADRD and caregiving and/or ADRD caregiving researchers interested in advancing their skills in working with and analyzing largescale data. We seek to include scholars with diverse research experiences from a variety of disciplines (e.g., psychology, epidemiology, sociology, nursing, public health, social work) to promote peer learning of new skills that will be incorporated into attendees’ future research programs. Applications are due February 15th, 2021, and notification of acceptance will occur by April 5, 2021.

Interested individuals should complete the application using the following link: SDI Application.
Applications with attached CVs/Biosketch should be submitted by February 15, 2021.
Please contact for any questions. We hope to see you this summer!

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

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!