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NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp 2019

The 7th annual Delirium Boot Camp was held October 27-29, 2019 at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Network for Investigation of Delirium: Unifying Scientists (NIDUS), and funded by Grant R24AG054259 from the National Institute on Aging (PI: SK Inouye), the Boot Camp was designed to provide intensive training in delirium research to a highly selected group of participants. Led by Dr. Donna Fick and Dr. Wes Ely, NIDUS Mentorship and Career Development Task Force Co-Leaders, Boot Camp 2019 attendees participated in a mock grant review session, in-depth training in delirium identification using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), and didactic sessions covering a wide range of topics in delirium research.

Attendees included postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and Boot Camp alumni, representing seven countries, including Portugal, Japan, and Australia.  Many thanks to Donna Fick, Eva Zeisky, and the entire Penn State Nursing team, who welcomed attendees and worked nonstop to make the event a great success!
Session Highlights
  • Dr. Sharon Inouye’s Keynote Speech, “Delirium: The Next Frontier,” provided an overview of delirium research and an inspiring call for future research.
  • Dr. Wes Ely’s lecture on “New Frontiers in ICU Delirium” described new pathways of delirium research in the ICU, including the A2F bundle.
  • Drs. Rich Jones and Tom Travison’s didactic session on methodological issues in delirium research used examples from mock grant applications to explore methodological issues in grant proposals and how to resolve them. Issues such as study design and power computations, we discussed in this session.  
  • Dr. Ed Marcantonio, along with Erica Husser and Priyanka Shretha, led an interactive training session for the CAM. The session included training on how to identify and rate key features of delirium in a research setting.
  • Dr. Pratik Pandharipande’s session on “Pathophysiology of Delirium” discussed delirium pathophysiology, like neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, and its effects on current delirium research, and potential areas for future study in this field.
  • “Delirium Prevention and Treatment: Current Evidence Gaps,” led by Dr. John Devlin, discussed pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions used in delirium treatment and current gaps in delirium intervention research.
  • An overview of grantsmanship for early stage investigators by Dr. Luci Roberts (NIA) provided participants with a better understanding of grant mechanisms and funding opportunities available for early investigators. 
  • A session on Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research led by Dr. Marie Boltz focused on the types of problems for suited for qualitative research and scenarios where mixed methods should be used, like when qualitative or quantitative research is insufficient to fully understand the problem.
  • Networking opportunities included small breakout sessions on Statistics and Methods for Delirium Research, NIDUS RRC Resources and Pilot Grants, Publishing and Writing, and Career Development and Balance led by NIDUS faculty.
Mock Grant Review Session 

Led by Task Force co-Leaders, the mock grant review session took an in-depth look at what can be learned from NIH-type study section review committees. Participants discussed proposals in a mock review session and received feedback on their grant proposals in real time.

Participants can use this feedback from the mock review session to update their proposals for future grant applications, and many successful funded proposals have emanated from this process.

The mock review session is always a favorite among Boot Camp participants!

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