March 14, 2017

Harvard Catalyst Geriatric Depression Working Group and LaUNCH

Are you a researcher with an interest in the area of late-life depression? On February 17, 2011, join a new working group at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions to address gaps in research on geriatric depression for a full-day workshop called LaUNCH, which would include presentations by distinguished investigators and guest speakers.

The Working Group will focus on four different research tracks:

1.  Biomarkers and emerging translational tools

2.  Measurement, including refinements for diverse populations

3.  Comorbid illnesses and management

4.  Prevention and intervention strategies

The full-day LaUNCH workshop will be held at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115) on Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Please contact Amy Webber at 617-432-7810 (email:

March 14, 2017

2011 French Fondation Plan Alzheimer Research Grants Competition: Call for Junior Researcher Position Applications

The Fondation De Cooperation Scientifique Pour La Recherche Sur La Maladie D'Alzheimer & Les Maladies Apparentees ( has issue a Call for Junior Researchers who have post-doctoral experiences to apply for a grant from the Fondation. The grant will offer a three-year salary that could be extended for two supplemental years.

Applications must be submitted in conjunction with a French hosting partner involved in neurobiology and/or neurodegenerative disorders, and candidates must have technical/methodological skills that complement the hosting laboratory.
More information regarding the Call is attached.


March 14, 2017

2011 French Fondation Plan Alzheimer Research Grants Competition: Call for Senior Innovative Team Applications

The Fondation De Cooperation Scientifique Pour La Recherche Sur La Maladie D'Alzheimer & Les Maladies Apparentees ( has issue a Call for Senior Innovative Team applications from investigators who have strong backgrounds in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders to apply for a grant from the Fondation. The grant will offer a five-year salary for the Principal Investigator, two additional salaries for co-applicants, and a budget for consumables and supplies.

Applications must be submitted in conjunction with a French hosting partner, and the Team should be hosted in an environment with dedicated research facilities.

More information regarding the Call is attached.

March 14, 2017

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center 2nd Cooperative Research Matching Grant Program

The Massachusetts LIfe Sciences Center ( has announced a grant program that seeks to increase industry-sponsored research and facilitate access to scientific discoveries and inventions that will lead to beneficial medical applications.

Investigators at non-profit Massachusetts-based research institutions are eligible to apply for funding of up to $250,000 per year over 2 years, provided they have secured an industry sponsor (that has a presence in Massachusetts) for the research that will match funds on a 1:1 basis.

The deadline for submitting applications is noon on January 28, 2011.

More information regarding the grant program is attached.


March 14, 2017

2011 Massachusetts ADRC/Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Call for Applications: Neurodegenerative Disease Pilot Study Grant Program

The Massachusetts ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center have joined forces to fund the best novel ideas for pilot projects aimed at understanding and developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.  Together, we are pleased to announce a joint call for pilot study applications from investigators within the Harvard community.  Grants with a dollar value up to $30,000 (direct costs) will be awarded for the duration of one-year.  A total of $180,000 is available.

We strongly encourage investigators to examine the shared resources and core facilities available within the ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and to develop applications that make use of these facilities. AD-related projects are also encouraged to be aware of, and utilize data available from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) ( if appropriate.

Applications will be judged on the basis of scientific merit, novelty and the value of the project in obtaining preliminary data that could lead to sponsored research (investigator-initiated R01 research grants, career development awards, industry or foundation support).  Availability of appropriate facilities and the technical ability to carry out the project are fundamental.  Clinical projects as well as basic research will be considered.  Priority will be given first to junior investigators, then to senior investigators who are new to neurodegenerative disease research, and finally, to established investigators with a new line of investigation that lacks funding.  Use of NeuroDiscovery Center cores and ADRC cores is strongly encouraged.

More information on the program is attached.

March 14, 2017

2011 Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

The Charles A. King Trust will award two-year grants in the basic science and clinical/health services research beginning on July 1, 2011.  This grant is only available for researchers at Massachusetts institutions.

The funding period will be from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013, and fellowships will range from $43,500 - $51,000 annually, which is inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance.

More information on eligibility, application guidelines and terms of the award are attached.


March 14, 2017

2011 Massachusetts General Hospital Call for Preliminary Applications: The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Program in Aging

The objective of The Ellison Medical Foundation ( New Scholars Program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging.

The New Scholars Program is by invitation only and MGH may nominate two candidates from among preliminary applicants. Nominated candidates will prepare a full online application for receipt by the Ellison Medical Foundation by Thursday, February 24, 2011. The four-year award is for $400,000. Applications must be emailed to

More information regarding the program is attached.

March 14, 2017

American Federation for Aging Research: 2011 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

A partnership program between the American Federation for Aging Research, the Roslinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, and the Diane and Guildford Glazer Foundation is announcing the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease to support junior investigators in the US and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences.

Projects in basic and translational research related to Alzheimer's disease, and those that focus on healthy brain aging are especially encouraged.

Five awards of $100,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is December 15, 2010.


March 14, 2017

Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Ranked on U.S. News National Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the founders of Partners HealthCare, have again ranked among the nation's top hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. MGH ranked third nationally, while BWH ranked eleventh. This achievement makes Boston the only city in the United States with two hospitals on the Honor Roll. In all, four Partners HealthCare hospitals earned high rankings in the report.

"Our mission is to deliver high quality care, conduct life-saving research, support the health needs of our community and educate the health care professionals of tomorrow," said Partners President and CEO Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA. "Our mission has enabled Partners to attract some of the brightest scientific minds and most compassionate clinicians to the region. Only through their dedication can we deliver this level of excellence to patients in Massachusetts and set Boston apart as the only city in the U.S. with two hospitals to earn this distinction."
Partners hospitals also scored well in the individual specialties rankings, rating among the top ten in 15 of the 16 fields.


March 14, 2017

National Institute on Aging and Alzheimer's Association Lead Effort to Update Diagnostic Criteria for Alzheimer' Disease

Scientists at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) today presented the first draft reports from three workgroups convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association to update the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease for the first time in 25 years.

The current criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's were established by a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders  Association (ADRDA) workgroup in 1984. These criteria were almost universally adopted and have been useful; they have survived intact without modification for more than 25 years. However, experts note, the field has evolved to a great extent since then.

"Important scientific discoveries have been made in Alzheimer's, and there have been significant changes in our knowledge and conception of the disease," said Creigton H. Phelps, PhD, Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. "The NIA and the Alzheimer's Association, after consultation with the Alzheimer's scientific and medical community, concluded that the diagnostic criteria may need to be revised to incorporate scientific advances...