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 application process is selective due to the limited number of spots available each year. 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, we will post the sessions at the bottom of this webpage in the coming weeks.

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

NIDUS 2022 Delirium Boot Camp

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

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

The 2022 application is located here. (COMING SOON)

The 2022 Boot Camp program will be finalized in the next few weeks. For reference, the view the NIDUS 2021 Boot Camp Program.

Please direct questions to Kristen Ruck.

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, under leadership of Donna M. Fick, PhD, MSN, and E. Wes Ely, MD, MPH. Currently, the 2021-2025 Delirium Boot Camps are funded by the NIA (R13185760) and 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 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

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