The Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities (AD) convened for its Fall 2014 meeting via teleconference. AD program staff provided brief programmatic updates on new projects awarded in July 2014 and upcoming awards, the asthma portfolio, and a look at portfolio impact.
Most of the meeting was dedicated to discussion around four topics for potential consideration:
- Unintentional overdose and dependence on pain relievers
- Disease identification/risk assessment and therapeutic strategies for autism spectrum disorders
- Treatment strategies for osteoarthritis
- Pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
The panel provided feedback to AD program staff on the importance of these topics and potential to reduce disparities, as well as guidance on whether the AD program should pursue topics for future funding.