Ed Marcantonio presenting at a previous NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp

Dr. Ed Marcantonio gives a lecture on selecting delirium assessment tools for research at the 2017 Delirium Boot Camp

10th Annual Delirium Boot Camp
"Building Blocks to Clinical Trials" 

Rizzo Conference Center,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Sunday, November 13 - Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Download the 2022 NIDUS Boot Camp Application

Applications will be accepted until July 22, 2022 5pm EST.


About the Boot Camp

The Delirium Boot Camp was founded in 2013 through a career development award to Dr. Sharon K. Inouye to establish the Center for Excellence for Delirium in Aging: Research, Training and Educational Enhancement (CEDARTREE).

From 2016 to 2020, the Delirium Boot Camp was funded by an NIA Network Grant (R24AG054259, PI Inouye), under leadership of Donna M. Fick, PhD, MSN, and E. Wes Ely, MD, MPH. The 2021-2025 Delirium Boot Camps are funded by the NIA (R13185760) and led by Jan-Busby-Whitehead and John W. Devlin.

Now in its 10th year, the Delirium Boot Camp is open to researchers from a variety of backgrounds, professions and research areas. However, there are a limited number of spots available each year and the application process is selective.

Currently, there are over 100 alumni of the Delirium Boot Camp program. Over the years, it  has expanded to include international participants from Canada, Australia and European Union.  For reference, the 2021 Bootcamp brochure is available here.

Materials from the 2017-2021 Delirium Boot Camps are available on the each year's individual page:


The over-arching goal of the Boot Camp is to develop a multidisciplinary pipeline of well-trained translational, epidemiologic and clinical delirium researchers. The Boot Camp offers a mock grant review, in-depth training on use of the CAM, a number of breakout sessions, and multiple didactic sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to clinical and translational delirium research.

Organizing Committee

The NIDUS Boot Camp is planned by an Organizing Committee co-chaired by Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD and John Devlin, PharmD. See a full list of Organizing Committee members here.

2022 Boot Camp Program

To learn what to expect at the 10th Annual NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp, you can preview the 2022 NIDUS Boot Camp Program.

While the Building Blocks to Clinical Trials is the theme for the 2021 Boot Camp, there will be a wide range of interdisciplinary programming. As a result, investigators focused on other areas are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Please take a moment to determine if you are eligible to attend the Delirium Boot Camp. This Boot Camp is intended for persons with previous research training and experience who plan to continue research in delirium. Faculty and research fellows who meet the following criteria are eligible to attend:

  • Previous training in the fundamentals of clinical research
  • At least 1-2 years of previous research experience
  • Hold an MD, PhD, or other doctoral level degree (may consider strong advanced predoctoral candidates in this area)
  • Interest and passion for delirium research
  • Must have 50% protected time for research
  • Once accepted, willingness to devote 8-10 hours of advance preparation time for the Boot Camp (beyond preparing the application and proposal)

Please contact Kristen Ruck with any questions about your eligibility or this application in general. There is no fee to attend the Boot Camp.

A completed application will include: 

  1. The completed PDF application form available for download above.
  2. A brief statement of interest as described in the application above.
  3. A complete mock pilot proposal as described in the application above including abstract, scientific plan, career development and research program statements, and all appendices (biosketch, mentor statement, budget justification, timeline, resources and environment).

Applications will be accepted until July 22, 2022 5pm EST. Due to limited availability of seats at the Boot Camp and advanced prep required for both Boot Camp participants and faculty, we are unable to accept any late applications. 

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