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Advisory Council February 2017 Meeting Presentation: Clinical Studies Recruitment Strategy

Friday, February 3, 2017

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Clinical Studies Recruitment Strategy: Update from NIA

Laurie Ryan, Ph.D.
Chief, Dementias of Aging Branch
Division of Neuroscience, NIA/NIH

Considerations in Building Participation

  • Recruitment challenges
  • NIA research implementation milestones --recruitment
  • Building public, private sector efforts at the national and local level

Recruitment Challenges

  • Need for research participants
    • National Alzheimer's Plan goal: cure or treatment by 2025
    • 150+ trials seeking 70,000+ volunteers -- 10 times that number will need to be screened

Challenges for AD/ADRD Studies

  • Primary care providers' need for support and resources to assess cognition, refer to studies
  • Tools and resources to help researchers apply best practices to recruitment
  • Barriers to participation for underrepresented communities
  • Study partner requirement
  • Invasive procedures
  • Pre-symptomatic trials

NIH Research Implementation Milestones
Drill Down from NAPA Milestones

  • National Plan
    • Research: Prevention/Treatment Research; Care Research; Services Research
      • NIH Research Implementation Milestones
    • Care: Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency
    • Services: Expand Supports for People with AD/ADRD and their Families

86 individual research implementation milestones focused on specific research topics -- across 15 implementation areas

NIH Areas of Focus

  • Grant mechanisms and programmatic enhancements
    • Create grant application requirements to support recruitment
    • Provide a recruitment repository for investigators
  • Targeted outreach
    • Bridge the gap between research and clinical care with outreach, including tools and information, to clinicians
    • Leverage digital and other new communications tools to reach a wider audience of both clinicians and general public
  • Convene and facilitate
    • Convene and facilitate national discussion to develop, implement a shared national strategy for clinical studies recruitment

NIH Clinical Trial Policy Changes: Upgrading attention to recruitment

Clinical Trial Journey with NIH Stewardship Reforms.

Moving Forward

  • Initial informal meetings at AAIC, NIA in 2016 share current approaches, new ideas to boost public participation
  • Volunteer AD/ADRD recruitment strategies steering group formed
  • Drafting National Strategy for AD/ADRD Recruitment now underway
  • Public input ongoing, Spring 2017 meeting to discuss draft strategy
  • Finalize strategy by July 2017
  • Begin implementation

Thank you!

For More Info Contact: Kelley Landy, New NIA Recruitment Coordinator in the NIA Office of Communication and Public Liaison

February 3, 2017 -- Advisory Council Meeting #23

The meeting was held on Friday, February 3, 2017, in Washington, DC. The theme of this Advisory Council meeting was clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and recruitment challenges. Additional afternoon presentations included updates on progress towards a Care and Services Summit, federal workgroup updates, and preparation for the Advisory Council's 2017 Recommendations, due in April 2017. Material available from this meeting is listed below and is also available at

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General Information




Presentation Slides



  • Welcome thru Perspectives -- [Video]

  • Rachel, Jessica, George Presentations -- [Video]

  • Keith Presentation and Panel Discussion -- [Video]

  • Public Comments -- [Video]

  • Care Summit and Milestones -- [Video]

  • Federal Workgroups and Adjourn -- [Video]