Education and Training

The HESP leadership team and faculty are comprised of nationally-recognized researchers in ADRDs with strong track records of NIH funding, science education, mentoring, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Each one of our faculty share a commitment to diversity and inclusion and understand the importance of addressing health inequities in Alzheimer’s disease research. Our staff will work with each scholar to help guide their success and advancement throughout the program and beyond.


The HESP mentored training is centered around the themes of basic, clinical, translational, and community-engaged research (CER) concepts necessary for success in conducting innovative ADRD research. Instruction will have an emphasis on team science, leadership development and grantsmanship with an emphasis on health equity. Training will be provided in various formats such as seminars, journal clubs, workshops, conferences and experiential activities.

Scholars will be required to meet bimonthly for didactics sessions and discussions. Most didactics will be virtual given that the scholars are at different institutions across the country. All program activities will commence in September and conclude in August of the following year.


Training will focus on the key research competencies and core content areas listed below

Key Research Competencies

  • Mentor-Mentee Relationship
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Leadership Styles
  • Professionalism
  • Team Science
  • Grant Writing
  • Research Design
  • Data Management & Analyses
  • Implicit Bias
  • Job Search & Interview
  • Establishing Your Laboratory
  • Getting Funded
  • Promotion & Tenure

Core Content Areas

  • Biomarkers
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Research
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Genetics/Omics
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuropsychology


Each scholar is provided access to an extensive range of ADNI and HABS-HD data, along with a wealth of resources tailored to support their research endeavors. Our team of data experts and HESP Scientists is readily available to address specific inquiries, offering personalized guidance to help scholars seamlessly navigate through the respective datasets.

Trainees are also encouraged to utilize our online Slack platform to communicate and collaborate with one another to enhance their learning experience.