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ADRC webinars

Quantitative Digital Pathology Methods
Applied to Neuropathology

Monday, September 13, 2021  |  11am ET / 8am PT
Digital Pathology Working Group

This one-hour webinar session will provide an overview on developing and understanding questions in science that can be answered using digital neuropathology.

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The Digital Pathology Webinar Series hosts webinars monthly on the second Monday at 11am ET. To view upcoming webinars beyond our September event, please view this document.

2021 Digital Pathology Webinar Series

History and Overview of Digital Pathology

Monday, March 8, 2021 | 11am ET/8am PT

The ADRC Digital Pathology Working Group in collaboration with NACC hosted a one-hour webinar session featuring Charles L. White III MD, Peter T. Nelson, MD, PhD, Brittany N. Dugger, PhD, C. Dirk Keene, MD, PhD, Jeanelle Azira Torres and Sandra Camelo-Piragua, MD.

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Imaging Core

Imaging Core

Robert Koeppe, Charles DeCarli, Tim Hohman, Paul Yushkevich, Kejal Kantarci  |  November 6, 2020


  • "Topics in PET standardization and analysis" by Robert Koeppe, PhD, MS Professor of Radiology, University of Michigan
  • "Leveraging MRI, results of NACC legacy analyses" by Charles DeCarli, MD Director, University of California, Davis
  • "Common variants in RBFOX1 are associated with brain amyloidosis" by Tim Hohman, PhD Associate professor, Vanderbilt
  • "Ex Vivo MRI and its applications" by Paul Yushkevich, PhD, MS Professor of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • "A/T classification of DLB" by Kejal Kantarci, MD, Professor of Radiology, Mayo
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NIA Alzheimer's Translational Research Program

Bidirectional knowledge and resource sharing between ATRP and the ADRCs

Suzana Petanceska, Shreaya Chakroborty, Stacey Rizzo, Paul Territo, Carl LaFlamme, Peter McPherson  |  October 26, 2020

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Clinical Core

Virtual Technologies in Dementia Practice and Research

Moderated by Liana Apostolova, MS, MD, FAAN; Indiana University School of Medicine.  |  February 26, 2021

Presentations include:

  • "The Ethics and Practice of Teleneuropsychology" by Dustin Hammers, PhD, University of Utah;
  • "Teaching Interns and Residents How to Conduct Telemedicine Assessments" by Jane Martin, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • "Mobile Monitoring of Cognitive Change" by Martin Sliwinski, PhD, Penn State University
  • "Technology-enabled Dementia Home Care Support: FamTechCare" by Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN; University of Kansas School of Nursing
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Measuring Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID)

Cindy Carlsson, Angela Jefferson, Donna Wilcock, Konstantinos Arfanakis, Charlie DeCarliCindy Carlsson, Angela Jefferson, Donna Wilcock, Konstantinos Arfanakis, Charlie DeCarli  |  November 20, 2020

  • Introduction by Cindy Carlsson, MD, MS, University of Wisconsin ADRC
  • "Assessing Cardiovascular Integrity from the Heart to the Brain" by Angela Jefferson, PhD, Vanderbilt University Exploratory (P20) ADRC
  • "The Potential of Fluid Biomarkers for Clinical Assessment and Trials in VCI" by Donna Wilcock, PhD, University of Kentucky ADRC, MarkVCID
  • "Neuroimaging Biomarkers of VCID" by Konstantinos Arfanakis, PhD, Rush University ADRC, MarkVCID
  • "Overview of Diverse VCID: White Matter Lesion Etiology of Dementia in Diverse Populations" by Charlie DeCarli, M, UC Davis ADRC, MarkVCID
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Researching New Models of Dementia Care

Jeff Burns, Katherine Possin, Jeff Williamson, James Lah, Mary Mittelman  |  September 25, 2020

Presentations include:

  • "The Care Ecosystem: Results from the Randomized Clinical Trial and Implementation Projects" with Katherine L. Possin, PhD, UCSF
  • "Expanding statewide access to expert care – the Georgia Memory Net" with James Lah, MD, Emory University
  • "The Dementia Care (D-CARE) Study: A PCORI + NIA trial to provide evidence-based approaches for supporting caregivers for persons with dementia" with Jeff Williamson, MD, Wake Forest University
  • "A comprehensive dementia caregiver program based on rigorous research" with Mary Mittelman, DrPH, New York University.
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Social Determinants of Health

Lisa Barnes, Amy Kind, and data blitz presenters  |  June 26, 2020

Presentations include:

  • "Social Determinants and Cognitive Aging" with Lisa Barnes, PhD, Rush University
  • "The Power of Context: Considering Multi-Level Social Determinants in Brain Health" with Amy Kind, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin
  • A data blitz follows, featuring Jaime Perales, PhD, University of Kansas, speaking on "Ethnoracial Disparities in Mild Cognitive Impairment"
  • Stephen F. Smagula, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, on "Sleep-wake Correlates of Depression Symptoms, and their Neurobiological Basis, in Dementia Caregivers"
  • Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD, University of Wisconsin, on "Social-biological dimensions of ADRD risk, resilience, and disparity: the Stress and Resilience in Dementia (STRIDE) study."
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ORE Core

COVID-19 and Diverse Communities: A Panel Discussion on ORE Efforts – Part Two

Ethan Cicero, PhD, RN, Emory University; Rosie E Curiel Cid, PhD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Fayron R. Epps, PhD, RN, Emory University; Oanh Meyer, PhD, MAS, University of California, Davis  |  March 26, 2021

This one-hour webinar is a follow up to our first webinar on this topic that was hosted in January 2021. New speakers bring fresh insights to up-to-date ORE efforts in racially and ethnically diverse communities and gender minorities, particularly relevant to understanding COVID-19 within diverse communities and facilitating health equity, overall.

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COVID-19 and Diverse Communities: A Panel Discussion on ORE Efforts – Part One

Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE; Jason D. Flatt, PhD, MPH; Carey Gleason, PhD; Sophia Wang, MD; Corinne A. Pettigrew, PhD  |  January 22, 2021

Topics include:

  • the impact of COVID-19 in diverse communities including racial and ethnic groups (e.g., Black and Indigenous Populations) and members of LGBTQIA communities;
  • ORE efforts in the age of COVID, particularly associated with misinformation and distrust;
  • and any burgeoning efforts regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.
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What Makes a Strong ORE Core? Strategy and Advice from the Experts

Allison Lindauer, Dorothy Farrar Edwards, Cerise Elliott, Jason Karlawish, Jennifer Lingler  |  October 23, 2020

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ORE Core during COVID-19

Dorene Rentz, Joshua Grill, Crystal Glover, Yakeel Quiroz  |  September 3, 2020

  • "Keeping Participants Engaged" with Josh Grill, PhD, UC Irvine;
  • "Novel Virtual and Next-level Engagement" with Crystal Glover, PhD, Rush University;
  • "Presentations include and 'Scientific Needs, Risks, and Opportunities," with Yakeel Quiroz, PhD, Massachusetts ADRC.
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Data Core

Detection of over-dispersion in count data with a convenient online shiny app

Hui Zhang, Nathan Gill, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine  |  Presented March 24, 2021

In this webinar, our featured presenters introduce over-dispersion, which is a major challenge to model count using the most popular Poisson model. They review the statistical methods to detect over-dispersion in cross-sectional data, propose an innovative method to detect over-dispersion in longitudinal data, even with data missing. In addition, they show how to use an online convenient shiny app (which they've developed) to perform the discussed analysis.

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Implementing Electronic Data Capture for a Decentralized Visit Model

Alice Spalitta, Arseny Semin, University of Wisconsin ADRC  |  Presented June 4, 2020

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center recently completed the transition from paper forms to a hybrid data entry system. Our center has been capturing data in REDCap since the inception of Universal Data Set (UDS) 3, but due to software limitations and the fact that our visit workflow requires the participant to move to different rooms during the visit, we have not been able to enter the data directly into REDCap until this year. Implementation of the new workflow has allowed us to cut data entry times in half, improve our NACC time to finalization, and save up to 75 pieces of paper per study visit. In this webinar we will cover our process for transitioning to a hybrid electronic-paper system, advantages of the REDCap query resolution module, using validation and data quality rules, and leveraging R or Python to parse through the NACC error report and to identify new and/or modified packets to upload to NACC.

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'Tidy Eval' in R for munging UDS data

Nicolas May, University of Michigan ADRCNicolas May, University of Michigan ADRC  |  Presented July 31, 2019

Metaprogramming [] can be a useful tool for data munging because so much data manipulation code for wide datasets (such as UDS) with iterating field names can be more efficiently and effectively written by code than by hand. For example, manipulating UDS v3 fields like 'sib1yob' through 'sib20yob' with code written by hand takes a lot of typing and may result in quiet errors because of field name typos. Tidy evaluation (or 'tidy eval') is a conceptual framework that follows tidyverse [] principles to make metaprogramming in R more consistent and accessible. In this webinar we will explore how tidy eval can make complex or code-verbose data munging tasks more simple and reliable.

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NACCulator: A collaboration to facilitate data transfer

Kevin Hanson, 1Florida ADRC  |  Presented August 14, 2019

This webinar will discuss the open-source tool called NACCulator, and how the 1Florida ADRC and University of Michigan ADRC have collaborated to develop this tool over time. NACCulator is a Python-based program that formats output from REDCap to share data with the NACC data system. It incorporates data validation checks from the NACC UDS 3.0 data element dictionary and can be scripted to run automatically.

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Transitioning to electronic data capture at the Massachusetts ADRC

Sudeshna Das, Massachusetts ADRC  |  Presented September 24, 2019

The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) recently began a transition to a REDCap-based electronic data capture (EDC) system for the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) Uniform Data Set (UDS) version 3 as well as the Neuropathology Data Set and the FTLD (Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration) and LBD (Lewy Body Dementia) Modules. MADRC has so far been using paper forms for data capture and entering the data into NACC directly. In this webinar, we will discuss our experiences, lessons learned, and how we leveraged reusable resources developed by other ADRCs. We will present the workflows designed and implemented, and the advantages of using an EDC system. We hope that our experiences will inform other ADRCs that are planning to use REDCap-based EDC. We will also briefly touch on how we have integrated data from all the MADRC cores and developed a linkage database for query and visualization of these multi-modal data.

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