NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp

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. As a result, the application process is very selective. Currently, there are over 110 Delirium Boot Camp alumni. In addition, Boot Camp is an international affair - we've had the privilege to welcome participants from Canada, Australia, the European Union and South America. The application due date is July 10, 2023, 5pm EST. 

Learn the value of attending Boot Camp from a prior Attendee and current Faculty

About the Delirium Boot Camp

The NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp was founded in 2013 through a career development award to Dr. Sharon K. Inouye. With this grant, she established 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 NIA has funded the 2021-2025 Delirium Boot Camps (R13185760). The current Boot Camp leaders are Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, MPH and John W. Devlin, PharmD.

More than 100 delirium researchers have completed the NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp program. Over the years, it has expanded to include international participants from Canada, Australia and European Union. For reference, please see 2022 Boot Camp brochure.

Apply for the 2023 NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp

2022 NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp faculty and mentees

2022 NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp faculty and mentees


The over-arching goal of the Boot Camp is developing a multidisciplinary pipeline of well-trained translational, epidemiologic, and clinical delirium researchers. As such, it offers:

  • NIH-style mock grant reviews of all submitted mentee proposals
  • in-depth training on use of the CAM
  • a number of breakout sessions
  • multiple didactic sessions covering various topics relevant to delirium research (clinical & translational)
  • networking sessions on multiple career-development topics

Organizing Committee

Co-chaired by Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD and John Devlin, PharmD, an Organizing Committee plans the NIDUS Boot Camp. You can find a full list of Organizing Committee members here.

Boot Camp Eligibility

The NIDUS Boot Camp is designed for faculty and research fellows with previous research training and experience who plan to continue researching delirium. The following criteria determine eligibility:

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

Application Assistance

Resources from Prior Boot Camps