Mission

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital is a clinical and research facility consisting of the Memory Disorders Clinic in the Department of Neurology and the Neuropsychology Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.  Our mission is tri-fold;  (1) to provide state-of-the art care for the widest range of people in our community with Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders; (2) to provide educational opportunities and training for future researchers in aging and dementia in both basic laboratory science and clinical neuroscience; and (3) to contribute to the advancement of translational research leading to more effective therapies for prevention and management of Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders.  To this end, the Aging and Dementia Research Fellowship was established to provide an integrated training program for post-graduate trainees in neurology, psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and neuropsychology who are planning to include clinical research in their careers.

Fellowship Director: Brian R. Ott, MD

Program Goals

The Fellowship Program is weighted equally toward clinical care and clinical research.  Based upon the American Academy of Neurology Geriatric Neurology Fellowship Core Curriculum, the Program is designed to provide a concise, yet comprehensive education to help practitioners understand and manage multiple facets of  the wide range of age associated dementia disorders, as well as normal aging effects on the brain.

The Aging and Dementia Fellowship provides a flexible training program focused on one of three basic tracks in the field of translational research (see below).  The Fellow receives training in the essentials of study design and methodology to enable him or her to successfully prepare for an academic career in the field.  The Fellow learns the basics of grant writing, project development, methods of data collection and management, statistical analysis of data, as well as clinical trial design and conduct, ethics in research, and effective presentation of results in both written and oral form.

Overview 

The Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center was established in 1989 to provide specialized consultation for people with a variety of memory disorders. Since then, it has become a regional referral center for southeastern New England serving patients from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Located at Rhode Island Hospital, the Center is able to combine the hospital's high quality neurological services and exceptional neuropsychologic and psychiatric services providing a very comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center for patients with memory disorders.  Rhode Island has a large elderly population and Alzheimer's Disease is particularly common here affecting an estimated 25,000 men and women. As a result, many of the Center's services are tailored to this particular problem.  For more details, see  Aging and Dementia Subspecialty Program

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and other degenerative memory disorders, but new treatments are available to help alleviate patients’ symptoms and slow their progression. Innovative research studies are ongoing and are continually shedding new light on these illnesses to find an effective means of preventing or significantly delaying disease onset.   Towards this end, we have established a wide-ranging program of collaborative research.  Our fellowship training focuses on three areas  -  (1) epidemiology and public health, (2) cognitive neuroscience and (3) neuropathology and laboratory research.  The Fellow chooses a focus from one of these tracks.  

Length of training

1 - 2 years

Prerequisites

Successful completion of:

1.  An ACGME-accredited Neurology residency, Psychiatry residency, or Geriatric Medicine fellowship, or 

2.  PhD from an APA-approved Clinical Psychology Graduate Program and Internship with specialty training in Neuropsychology

Training schedule

The training schedule is flexible and will be determined by joint agreement between the fellow and the program co-directors, according to the fellow’s specific background and research career goals. 

Under the primary mentorship of Drs. Ott and Tremont, the Program Directors, 50% of time will be spent at Rhode Island Hospital  and will include clinical evaluations of patients being seen either in the Memory Clinic of the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Neurology on APC 7 or the Memory Clinic of the Rhode Island Hospital Division of Neuropsychology on POB 4. 

The other 50% of time will be spent doing work in the clinical trials program at the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Research Center on APC 7, as well as primary research at a Brown University campus affiliated program or laboratory in aging and dementia research in one of three tracks:  (1) Epidemiology and Public Health; (2) Cognitive Neuroscience; (3) Neuropathology Laboratory Research in Neurodegeneration.

Research time will be divided according to one of two schedules dependent upon the individually defined training program and research project goals.

(a)  2.5 days per week at the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center + 2.5 days per week at Brown campus or laboratory

(b) 6 months continuously per year at the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center + 6 months continuously per year at Brown campus or laboratory

Elective experiences can be arranged as well with the Alpert Medical School Carney Institute for Brain Science, the University of Rhode Island Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, the Butler Hospital Memory and Aging Program, and the Providence Veterans Administration Hospital.

The Fellowship Program offers three weeks per year of vacation time plus one week per year for conference time.

Conferences

Day

Time

Title

Location

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

  8:30-

  8:45               

ADMDC research staff daily planning meeting

ADMDC, RIH, APC 7

Tuesday               

  9:00-10:00               

Mentorship meeting

ADMDC, RIH, APC 7

Neuropsychology, POB 4

Wednesday               

  8:00-

  9:30               

Neurology Grand Rounds

George Auditorium, RIH

 

12:00-

  1:00               

Neuroradiology Conference

Neurology Department Conference Room, RIH, APC 5

 

  1:00-

  2:00               

Memory Clinic consensus meeting (weeks 1-3)

APC 1 Conference Room, RIH

   

Monthly Aging and Dementia Research seminar (week 4)

Neurology Department Conference Room, RIH, APC 5

 

  3:30-

  4:30

Clinical research staff meeting

ADMDC, RIH, APC 7

Thursday

  4:00 –

  6:30               

Neuropsychology Seminar

Butler Hospital

Friday

  TBA

Research Methods Seminar

Butler Hospital

Various days

 Various

 times

Brown Institute for Brain Science Lectures

See weekly schedule:https://www.brown.edu/carney/node/1

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and three letters of reference (including one from the applicant's current/most recent Program Director) to:

Physician applicants should direct their application to:

Dr. Brian R. Ott
Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center
Rhode Island Hospital – APC 7
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI  02903
Phone: (401)444-5745
Fax: (401)444-6858
Email: [email protected]

Neuropsychology applicants should direct their application to:

Dr. Geoffrey Tremont
The Neuropsychology Program
Rhode Island Hospital
110 Lockwood Street
Providence, RI  02903
Phone: (401)444-4500
Fax: (401)444-6643
Email: [email protected]

Faculty

Jerrold L. Boxerman, MD
Professor of Diagnostic Imaging
Medical Director, MRI Research Facility, Brown University
Rhode Island Hospital

Lori A. Daiello, PharmD, ScM, BCPP
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice Research
Administrator of Clinical Research, The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center
Rhode Island Hospital

Jennifer D. Davis, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Division of Neuropsychology
Rhode Island Hospital

Ivana Dalelle, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Neuropathology Service
Rhode Island Hospital

Suzanne DelaMonte, MD, MPH
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Professor of Neurosurgery
Rhode Island Hospital

John E. Donahue, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Associate Professor of Neurology
Rhode Island Hospital

Jonathan Drake, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Director, The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center
Rhode Island Hospital

Elena K. Festa, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Brown University

Michael Friedman, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Neuropsychiatry Consultant, The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center
Rhode Island Hospital

William C. Heindel, PhD
Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Chair of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Brown University

Rich Jones, PhD, ScD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Director, Quantitative Science
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Brown University

Seth A. Margolis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Division of Neuropsychology
Rhode Island Hospital

Brian R. Ott, MD
Professor of Neurology
Program Director, Aging and Dementia Fellowship
Director, The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center
Rhode Island Hospital

George Papandonatos, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics (Research)
Center for Biostatistics
Brown University

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Program Co-Director, Aging and Dementia Fellowship
Chief of Neuropsychology
Rhode Island Hospital

Thomas Trikalinos, MD
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Director, Center for Evidence Based Medicine
Brown University