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Lt. Governor McKee to Host Alzheimer's Funding Forum for Local Researchers

WARWICK, RI -- Lt. Governor Dan McKee, Chair of Rhode Island's Long Term Care Coordinating Council, will host a meeting for local Alzheimer's researchers to identify and discuss access to federal funding opportunities on December 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Warwick Central Library.

During the gathering, academic and private researchers in biomedical care and social and health services will be given presentations on federal funding types, listen to a panel on best practices in recruiting participants from a multicultural background and participate in a networking session. Presenters include Dr. Diane Hill of Rutgers University, Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter, and Splaine Consulting, a nationally recognized health policy research firm.

Lt. Governor McKee, who is charged with managing Rhode Island's State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease, organized the meeting following a recent announcement of increases in the federal National Institute of Health budget. The Lt. Governor hopes to translate the increases into new opportunities for funding available for all types of Alzheimer's and dementia research in the Ocean State.

"We hope this forum will be the beginning of more collaboration between those working to fight Alzheimer's within the state and lead to increasing the federal government's investment in Alzheimer's research in Rhode Island at a time when the numbers of individuals affected is projected to double over the next 20 years," said Lt. Governor McKee.

Currently, more than 23,000 Rhode Islanders are living with Alzheimer's disease, and over 53,000 family and friends are providing care.

Event registration is free. Please contact the Lt. Governor's Office at (401) 222-2371 or to reserve a seat.

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