Allore receives grant to study Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Dr. Heather Allore has been awarded $1.7 million in grant funding to lead the Design/Statistics Core of the $53.4 million research incubator, called the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease or Alzheimer's-related dementia Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory. 

It will be comprised of experts from more than 30 top research institutions lead by Brown University’s Vincent Mor and Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife’s Susan Mitchell. The first objective is to fund and provide expert assistance to up to 40 pilot trials that will test non-drug, care-based interventions for people living with dementia. The second objective is to develop best practices for implementing and evaluating interventions for Alzheimer’s and dementia care and share them with the research community at large.

Allore will lead the Design/Statistics Core of the IMPACT Collaboratory. The Core will guide the design of embedded pragmatic clinical trials with the goal of improving the care and health outcomes of people with dementia and their caregivers. It will also serve as a national resource providing biostatistical expertise to pilot studies, career development award recipients, and other NIA-funded investigators.

A professor at Yale School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Allore is also director of the Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Data Management and Statistics Core. As founder of the field of Gerontologic Biostatistics, her research is on developing innovative designs for trials and biostatistical methods to address the myriad of unanswered scientific questions related to geriatric health.

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