The Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (CCAD) has awarded over one million dollars in research funding to over twenty CCAD attendees. CCAD’s goal is to provide funding to help elevate early-career scientists and their ideas though the New Vision Investigator Award.
CCAD is committed to providing a unique alternative to conducting science by prioritizing novelty and collaboration in funding decisions. The conference aspires to be a model for future mechanisms and changes in funding trends, while providing a venue in which early-career investigators can be recognized for nascent ideas that, if provided with seed funding, can grow into a promising career of innovation with the cooperation of like-minded investigators. The funded projects are expected to change the trajectory of current AD research, which will better serve the millions of individuals whose lives are affected by AD.
New Vision Investigator Award
The New Vision Investigator Award is a $100,000 award given to the top CCAD attendees who present innovative research. This award is given to fund the investigator’s research for two years. After these two years, investigators return to CCAD to present their preliminary findings. This seed funding better positions early-career investigators to secure subsequent federal funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Due to the rising cost of equipment, and to better simulate an R03 NIH grant, the New Vision Investigator Award was increased from $50,000 to $100,000 in 2019.
George Bartzokis Travel Award
Dr. George Bartzokis was a passionate scientist who used the span of his career to mentor and help over 50 individuals develop their own careers. Dr. Bartokis dedicated his time to CCAD each year until he passed on August 22, 2014, of pancreatic cancer. He was 58, and he is deeply missed and forever remembered by the CCAD and NVR community.
The George Bartzokis Travel Award is a $2000 award dedicated his memory. It is awarded to the CCAD attendee who best exemplifies Dr. Bartzokis’ spirit of scientific citizenship. In his own words, “Scientific citizenship is about how we co-exist and act together in the contemporary world. Science communication offers many ways of establishing relationships between citizens and science that can form the basis of such inclusion and political involvement.”