The Administrative Core provides the organization and structure for planning and implementation of ADRC core and research activities. The core supervises all ADRC functions and the Clinical, Data Management & Statistics, Neuropathology & Genetics, Education & Information, and Neuroimaging Cores. The Administrative Core monitors ADRC budgets to ensure fiscal responsibility; organizes the review and funding process for pilot studies, and monitors ADRC research projects, pilot projects and studies utilizing ADRC subjects and resources. This core determines new research directions, including the recruitment of new investigators to work in AD. Establishment and expansion of outreach efforts to the medically underserved and minority communities are directed and stimulated by the Core. The Core also oversees cooperation with multicenter studies, data transfer to the NACC, and cross-ADC collaborations.
The goals of the Administrative Core are achieved by the Executive Committee, which is comprised of the Director, Associate Director, Center Administrator, Core Leaders and Director of Psychiatry of the ADRC. It is aided in these tasks by advise of the Internal and External Advisory Committees, and input is solicited from our investigators. The Internal Advisory Committee meets once per year, is chaired by the Senior Vice Chancellor/Dean of the Medical School, and includes the former Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, the Chair of Psychiatry, the former Chair of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and the Co-Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. They provide guidance on policy, administration, and scientific direction. The External Advisory Board is comprised of nationally respected researchers and clinicians with expertise in disciplines relevant to AD. They provide scientific critiques of research and operations of the ADRC as well as recommendations for new initiatives.
The successful operation of this Core will advance Research in AD and other dementias by facilitating the interface between basic and clinical researchers, assuring the development of collaborations among investigators, developing pilot projects to foster new research, and bringing new investigators to the field. The efforts of this core are evident in this application. Productivity has been excellent, and new researchers have been recruited from a variety of scientific disciplines. Through the establishment of a comprehensive communications system including Website and e-mail ListServes, the Core Directors, project investigators, and staff will maintain an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary focus.
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