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Pilot Projects

Annually, pilot project proposals are solicited that will use secondary datasets to explore the sociocultural, behavioral, and environmental determinants of ADRD health disparities. Datasets to be used include the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), or the Behavioral Risk Factor and Surveillance System (BRFSS). Research projects may be funded up to $30,000. An applicant may request a project period of 12 months beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. The call for proposals is released Spring of each year and will be distributed widely and posted on this webpage.

Eligible applicants include:

  1. Junior faculty or mid-career faculty transitioning to ADRD research.
  2. Faculty who have academic appointments at Allen University (AU), Claflin University (CU), Clemson University (Clemson), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), South Carolina State University (SCSU), or the University of South Carolina (UofSC).


CCADMR Scientists and Mentor Teams

Nicole Davis
Mentors: Cheryl Dye, Daniela Friedman, Mindi Spencer

Miriam Evans
Mentors: Cheryl Armstead, Maggi Miller, Jacobo Mintzer

Andrea Henderson-Platt
Mentors: Sue Levkoff, Katrina Walsemann, Sara Wilcox


Currently Funded Projects

Nicole Davis

Nicole Davis, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC

Project Title: Addressing ADRD Health Disparities between Urban and Rural Populations in South Carolina

Project Description: The aims of this study are to (1) determine whether sociodemographic factors (e.g. race, gender, geographic location) contribute to ADRD prevalence across counties within South Carolina, and (2) examine the variation of health utilization across racial/ethnic groups, between urban and rural counties, and by their associations with ADRD types and health-related outcomes.

Datasets: South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry

Home Institution: Clemson University

Miriam Evans

Miriam Evans, EdD, MEd, MCHES

Project Title: Multi-Morbidity, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Types, and Mortality in South Carolina

Project Description: The aims of this study are to (1) estimate the prevalence of clusters of multi-morbidity by ADRD type and compare differences by race, and (2) estimate the association between multi-morbidity and mortality focusing on median survival time and all-cause mortality risk.

Datasets: South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry

Home Institution: South Carolina State University

Andrea Henderson-Platt

Andrea Henderson-Platt, PhD

Project Title: Religion and Cognitive Functioning: Race-Ethnicity and Gender Differences in Older Americans

Project Description: The aim of this study is to examine whether the association between various dimensions of religious involvement and cognition varies by race-ethnicity and gender simultaneously, and if this relationship is explained by psychosocial mechanisms.

Datasets: Health and Retirement Study

Home Institution: University of South Carolina

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