NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp

Now moving into its 10th year, the Delirium Boot Camp is open to researchers from a variety of backgrounds, professions and research areas. However, the limited number of spots available each year. As a result, the application process is very selective. Currently, there are over 100 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.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2021 NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp on November 8-9, 2021. During our 9th Annual Boot Camp, under the direction of Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD and John Devlin, PharmD, we explored the inter-relationship between delirium and ADRD. Supported by the NIA (R13185760), 12 diverse researcher mentees from various professions and clinical settings, 4 junior faculty (prior Boot Camp alums) and 16 senior faculty researchers came together for two days of virtual engagement. For those who were unable to attend 2021 Boot Camp, you can watch those sessions: 2021 NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp Lectures.

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

2022 NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp announcement graphicNIDUS 2022 Delirium Boot Camp

Our 10th Annual NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp “Building Blocks to Clinical Trials” will take place Sunday, November 13 to Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill.

Applications opened February 1, 2022 and be accepted until July 22, 2022 5pm EST.

About the Delirium Boot Camp

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, an NIA Network Grant (R24AG054259, PI Inouye) funded the Delirium Boot Camp. Donna M. Fick, PhD, MSN, and E. Wes Ely, MD, MPH led that iteration of Boot Camp. Currently, the 2021-2025 Delirium Boot Camps are funded by the NIA (R13185760). They are led by Jan-Busby-Whitehead, MD, MPH and John W. Devlin, PharmD.


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 Procedure

Resources from Prior Boot Camps