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Partnering with Researchers for an Alzheimer’s Cure

A missing piece in Alzheimer’s research is hearing
from those who are closest to the disease.

  • First to be heard
  • First to sign-up
  • First to a cure

 

ABOUT GALAXY

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FOR ALL OF US

GALAXY is a virtual gateway to a constellation of innovative initiatives that makes it easy for you to influence and participate in AD research

It showcases private/public partnerships and projects, supported through non-profit collaboration, that focus on modeling new online ways to support those living with AD and their families. It offers efficient social media channels to help affinity organizations share in and cross promote online and mHealth studies to their networks.

GALAXY is the launch pad for the A-List – the collective voice of those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, at-risk adults, caregivers and families, who demand that their preferences are heard and respected by the research community.

FOR RESEARCHERS

GALAXY connects you with patient advocacy organizations and those in industry, academia and government focused on developing, conducting, and disseminating Patient/Caregiver-centered dementia research.

AD-PCPRN/PCORI

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.

PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is an innovative initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). See illustrated PCORnet overview. The goal of PCORnet is to improve the nation’s capacity to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research efficiently by creating a large, highly representative network for conducting clinical outcomes research that directly involves patients in the development and execution of the research. More information is available at www.pcornet.org.

THE PCORI-CONNECTION

GALAXY, while a distinct initiative, shares the 3-year goals of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patient and Caregiver Powered Research Network (AD-PCPRN) to amplify the Patient and Caregiver voice to accelerate development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias and support minority recruitment, as well as increased screening and referral of participants for clinical trials.

Authorized by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the partners are Mayo Clinic, University of Florida, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Brain Health Registry at University of California, San Francisco.

UCSF Brain Health Registry is the web portal for AD-PCPRN participant and caregiver recruitment and collection of participant-reported outcomes.

Five prestigious Advisory Councils provide counsel and insight to the PCORI funded project, the AD-PCPRN. The Advisory Councils include many top leaders in Alzheimer’s research, registries, patient advocacy, minority engagement and public outreach, as well as patients and caregivers. Click here for official website for AD-PCPRN.

GOVERNANCE COUNCIL

  • Mayo Clinic – Ron Petersen, MD, PhD, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center/ PCPRN Principal Investigator; Alex Alexander, AD-PCPRN Co-PI
  • UCSF/Brain Health Registry – Mike Weiner, MD, Founder, Brain Health Registry & Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
  • University of Florida of Public Health and Health Professions – Glenn Smith, PhD, Chair, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • UsAgainstAlzheimer's – George Vradenburg, Chairman & Founder; Meryl Comer, Board Member/ AD-PCPRN Co-PI

AD-PCPRN SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer's – Malcolm Ian Cross & Gurteen Taylor Schiavo, Patient & Caregiver Advocates
  • B. Smith Enterprises – B. Smith & Dan Gasby, Founders
  • Dementia Alliance International – John R. Sandblom, Founding Member
  • Faith United Against Alzheimer's Coalition, Clergy Network & Activists Network – Virginia Biggar, Executive Director (UsA2 Network)
  • I'll Be Me Foundation – Kim Campbell, Founder
  • On Pluto Project – Greg & Mary Catherine O'Brien, Early Onset Patient Advocates
  • Sterling Health IT – Mary Anne Sterling, CEA, CEO; PCORI Ambassador
  • University of California-Davis – Diana Myles, PhD, Professor Emerita
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Leigh F. Callahan, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Director for Community & Outcomes Research, Thurston Arthritis Research Center; John Winfield, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology Emeritus
  • UsAgainstAlzheimer's Facebook Care Community – Ann Napoletan, Moderator; President, Marilyn's Legacy; Loretta Veney, Moderator; Author, Being My Mom's Mom
  • WomenAgainstAlzheimer's – Karen Segal, Leadership Circle and Research Advocate (UsA2 Network)

COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • BrightFocus® Foundation – Stacy Pagos Haller, President & CEO
  • Caregiver Action Network – John A. Schall, MPP, CEO
  • Curious, Inc. – Linda Avey, Chief Executive Officer & Founder
  • Disruptive Women in Health Care – Robin Strongin, Founder
  • FDA – Marsha Henderson, MCRP, Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health
  • Frangiosa & Associates, LLC – Theresa L. Frangiosa, Principal & CEO
  • JBS International – Gail Bassin, President
  • LEAD Coalition – Ian Kremer, Executive Director
  • Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation – Leeza Gibbons, Founder
  • Mayo Clinic – Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences Research, Division of Epidemiology; Program Manager, Office for Community Engagement in Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS)
  • National Alliance for Caregiving – Gail Hunt, President & CEO
  • National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Jennifer L. Watson, MA, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
  • Patients Like Me – Sally Okun, RN, MMHS, Vice-President
  • The Balm In Gilead – Dr. Pernessa Seele, President & CEO
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine – Sara J. Czaja, PhD, Leonard M. Miller Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences & Scientific Director, Center on Aging
  • Volunteers of America – Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Executive-Vice President, External Affairs
  • WomenAgainstAlzheimer's – Brooks Kenny, Executive Director (UsA2 Network)

DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer's – Stephanie Monroe, Director (UsA2 Network)
  • Columbia University – Jennifer Manly, PhD, Associate Professor, Neuropsychology in Neurology, G.H. Sergievsky Center & Taub Institute for Research in Aging & Alzheimer's Disease
  • Emory School of Medicine – Monica W. Parker, MD, Assistant Clinician & Faculty Member
  • Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance (LAMDA) – Constantina Mizis, Founding Executive Director
  • LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's Network and Coalition – Jason Resendez, Executive Director; Daisy Duarte, Patient & Caregiver Advocate (UsA2 Network)
  • Morehouse School of Medicine – Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University – Goldie S. Byrd, PhD, Professor & Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center – Lisa L. Barnes, PhD, Cognitive Neuropsychologist

REGISTRIES/CLINICAL TRIALS ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Alzheimer's Association – Keith Fargo, PhD, Director, Scientific Programs and Outreach, Medical & Science Relations, TrialMatch
  • Banner Alzheimer's Institute – Jessica Langbaum, PhD, Principal Scientist
  • Brain Health Registry, UCSF – Rachel L. Nosheny, Co-Investigator; Associate Professional Researcher, Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, UCSF
  • Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Jane Bjorklund, CCRC, Research Coordinator III, Recruitment Specialist
  • Eli Lilly and Company – Russell L. Barton, Senior Advisor Project Management & Chief Operations Officers, Global Alzheimer's Disease Team
  • Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP) – Kate Zhong, MD, MSc, FRCP, Strategic Director
  • University of Southern California – Paul Aisen, MD, Researcher/NIA Clinical, Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Centers
  • Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program – Richard S. Isaacson, MD, Director, Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Genetic Alliance – Sharon Terry, President & CEO
  • Mayo Clinic – Richard Sharp, PhD, Director, Biomedical Ethics Program
  • Mayo Clinic Health System New Prague – Veronique L. Roger, MD, Medical Director, Center for The Science of Health Care Delivery
  • National Institute on Aging, NIH – Laurie M. Ryan, PhD, Chief, Dementias of Aging Branch Program Director, Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials, Division of Neuroscience

AD-PCPRN/UsA2 TEAM

  • Meryl Comer, Co-PI, AD-PCPRN
  • Debra R. Lappin, Senior Advisor, GALAXY; Principal, FaegreBD Consulting
  • Amber Roniger, Operations Associate & Council Coordinator, AD-PCPRN
  • Sally J. Sachar, COO, UsAgainstAlzheimer's (UsA2); Project Director, GALAXY (UsA2 Initiative)

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