9th Annual Delirium Boot Camp 

The Inter-Relationship between Delirium and ADRD 

Rizzo Center, University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC

Sunday November 7 - Tuesday November 9, 2021


Application here

Applications are now closed.

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 Bootcamps are funded by the NIA (R13185760) and being run under the leadership of Jan-Busby-Whitehead and John W. Devlin.

Now in its 9th year, the Delirium Boot Camp is open to researchers from a variety of backgrounds, professions and research areas; however, the application process is selective due to the limited number of spots available each year.

There are now over 100 alumni of the Delirium Boot Camp program, which has expanded to include international participants from Canada, Australia and European Union.  The 2021 Bootcamp brochure is available here.

Materials from the 2017-2019 Delirium Boot Camps are available on the Delirium Boot Camp 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.  A full list of Organizing Committee members is listed here.

2021 Boot Camp Program

The program for the 9th Annual NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp can be found here.

While the Inter-Relationship between Delirium and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) is the theme for the 2021 Boot Camp, there will be a wide range of interdisciplinary programming and investigators not focused on ADRD-related outcomes are encouraged to apply.

* Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Organizing Committee will reevaluate the safety of holding a live Nov 7-9, 2021 meeting in early September 2021 and will switching to a fully virtual meeting as needed 

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@med.unc.edu 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).
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. Applications are now closed.

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