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Douglas Barthold Awarded NIA Grant

Douglas Barthold
Douglas Barthold, Research Assistant Professor, CHOICE Faculty Fellow

UWSOP Research Assistant Professor and CHOICE Faculty Fellow Douglas Barthold has been awarded a K01 grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) for his project titled, Long-term effects of today’s medical care access policies on the future burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards provide support for an intensive, mentored career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. NIA uses the K01 grant to support early-stage investigators pursuing career enhancement.

Barthold looks forward to gaining skills and expertise in simulation modeling to study long term effects of health policies.

“We know that diabetes and many other cardiovascular and metabolic conditions are related to dementia risk, and management of those conditions is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for dementia,” he said. “This project will examine how modern health policies that influence management of chronic conditions can translate into long-term effects on both individual health and well-being, as well as societal welfare.”

Barthold believes the success of this project can lead to future models that examine health policies yet to be conceived, in a range of disease areas.

“This will leave me well-positioned to lead an independent research program that influences future policy by identifying how patient costs and access to care relate to long-term healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD),” he noted.