Research Education Component of the UCSF Alzheimer’s Disease Center

The Research Education Component (REC) is a professional development program designed to foster rising leaders in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) research. In the program, multidisciplinary mentorship teams support:

  1. Early scholars who have finished their training and are transitioning to their first faculty position and
  2. Advanced scholars who may already have grant support and a faculty position and are transitioning into independent investigators.

The year-long program combines core didactic content with active skill development, including leadership training, to provide components that are not provided by other programs. Lecture topics include health economics, global health, social determinants of health, health policy, biomarker research and models of neurodegeneration.

Each participant will have both a basic science and clinical research mentor to encourage creative, expansive approaches. Faculty directors of the program include Aimee Kao, MD, PhD; Howard Rosen, MD; and Kristine Yaffe, MD. These leaders have years of experience as mentors combined with deep experience across disciplines and research methods. Furthermore, the program has extensive collaborations with other UCSF programs related to aging and diversity including the UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAIC) program, Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), and the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) as well as other Alzheimer’s Disease Centers around the country.

The program actively seeks ethnically and culturally diverse scholars from a variety of medical and scientific fields (see Diversity at the Memory and Aging Center). Third- and fourth-year neurology and psychiatry residents are welcome to apply for a specialized year-long experience in behavioral neurology.

Apply to the Research Education Component (REC)

Interested candidates should submit a formal application, including:

  1. A personal statement describing their research background and interests,
  2. Their CV.

The REC Executive Committee will review applications in early March, invite candidates for interviews in March and April, and make final decisions by May 1 for a start date of July 1 of each year.

For more information, please email [email protected].