Alzheimer’s Disease

The Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (CCAD) originated in 2013 to develop new methods to better understand Alzheimer’s Disease. CCAD invests in early career researchers and provides a platform for competitive innovation in this field. Three $50,000 New Vision awards are given to the researchers with the top paramount ideas. To see previous awardees, click here.



Who can attend CCAD?

You MUST be nominated by a previous attendee, department director, or mentor within the AD field. Once the nomination period closes, we ask each nominee to prepare an application summarizing their research. The top 15 are selected to attend the conference to compete for one of three $50,000 New Vision Awards.

Early-career researchers in the AD field who:

  • Have a PhD and/or MD

  • Are currently employed at an accredited US institution

  • Hold a position no higher than Assistant Professor

  • Have received their terminal degree within the last 10 years from

    the date the conference is to be held.

  • Are NOT a PI on any NIH-funded R01/R21/R33 award, Program Project, or Center grant.


The Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease is a three-day experience that is typically held in early March, as flowers bloom, in the historical city of Charleston, South Carolina.  Historically, CCAD attendees have experienced a comfort bar none as they enjoy their stay at the exclusive Charleston Place Hotel.

Attendees arrive for reception where former CCAD awardees present their work discussing how funding has affected their research.

Friday: Reserved for presentations.   Each of the fifteen attendees will get fifteen minutes to present their research with a ten-minute Q & A session immediately following their presentation.  After this long day, everyone embarks on a dinner adventure in the Holy City

Saturday: This day is reserved for a mock NIH study session. All fifteen proposals will be reviewed and scored by each investigator.  Afterwards, the CCAD Council meets to review the scores and select the winners. Winners are announced at a select Michelin four-star rated restaurant nestled among the cobblestones of the city of Charleston.  

Once chosen, the New Vision Investigators have three months to prepare a proposal.  It is at this time that they are encouraged to collaborate with other investigators to work together on a proposal.  During the conference each investigator will have the opportunity to present and defend their ideas.