Key Dates

Letter of Intent receipt date: March 15, 2024, submitted to Tracy Kemp @ 

Application receipt date: May 15, 2024, submitted to Tracy Kemp @ 

Funding announced: June 15, 2024

Project start date: August 1, 2024



The purpose of this funding is to support an MK-MDT Guest Scholar Award to a UMN faculty member to conduct research or activities that create a deeper understanding of the links between diabetes, aging, and dementia in rural and/or Indigenous populations. This award does not require in-person residency in Duluth but travel to the MK- MDT facilities is encouraged as is a virtual presence.


Funds associated with this award can be used to support pilot research aligned with the MK-MDT Mission, Vision and Values for a community-engaged research approach or to consolidate knowledge from work already undertaken. We encourage applicants with a background of research related to diabetes, dementia, and aging to apply. We will also accept applications from faculty who want to expand their research into this area. These applicants should clearly state the reasons for their new interest in this area and their plans for continuing this work after the grant period. Applicants must develop a tangible product such as pilot study findings for larger NIH grant, publication(s), etc.


The Guest Scholar will have access to and benefit from the team science activities of the MK-MDT as well as the well-developed community engagement infrastructures the MK-MDT has in place. The award recipient is encouraged to connect with our community engagement team and our Indigenous Elder Advisor and Rural Advisor in residence.


More information and how to apply HERE.


International Indigenous Dementia Research Network (IIDRN) Annual Conference

Save the date for our second International Indigenous Dementia Research Network (IIDRN) Conference!

October 20-23, 2024 

The aim of this conference is to advance research in the area of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) in Indigenous populations worldwide. We will bring together leading scientists, policy makers, Indigenous Elders, Indigenous communities and organizations, people living with dementia, and trainees to exchange information on current research and advancements concerning ADRD in the context of health equity. Other aims are to support collaboration, career development, and relationship building to grow the scientific community to address the increasing dementia disparities in Indigenous populations.

Recognizing that ADRD in Indigenous populations is still a developing field of research, this conference will serve as a launching site to build and support research capacity and sustain scientific advancement in the field. Our long-term goal is to create an expanded, sustainable, supportive, worldwide network of scholars committed to knowledge exchange and collaboration to advance research, knowledge, and mentorship in community-based, culturally appropriate ADRD research with Indigenous populations.

View our website for more information 

What a fantastic opportunity for #CAMDH Indigenous masters students to present to an international audience 

Good Spirit Good Life CRE Indigenous Ageing Well

Strong Australian contingent at the superb #IIDRN23 Fantastic content, connections, collaborations and a strong shared community. Thank you!

Ed Strivens

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