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Cognitive Empowerment Program

The Charlie and Harriet Shaffer Cognitive Empowerment Program (CEP) is a joint effort between Emory University’s Brain Health Center and the Georgia Institute of Technology to promote innovative research and therapy programs for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises, Inc. are supporting the Cognitive Empowerment Program with a $23.7 million gift. Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), SimTigrate Design Lab in the College of Design, and other programs and labs across campus are testing and refining new technologies and innovations in built environments that promote long-term health and independence.  

Core Areas

Therapy
Therapy

Building evidence-based programs for nutrition, exercise, and cognitive strategies.

built environment
Built Environment

Researching how innovative design can improve cognition, mood, and functioning.

technology
Technology

Collecting and analyzing data from sensors, wearables, and platforms.

Innovation
Innovation Accelerator

Engaging people with MCI, students, researchers, and industry.

Seed Grants

The CEP's Innovation Accelerator (IA) awarded $150,000 in seed grants to grow the body of literature in the MCI space during the last three years. LEARN MORE

Innovation Accelerator

The Innovation Accelerator serves to connect academic, clinical, and student researchers with people living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their care partners to collaborate on projects that aim to improve the quality of life and the lived experience of those affected by MCI. LEARN MORE

Partners

The Cognitive Empowerment Program is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises, Inc. We also value our collaborations with:

Resources

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CEP Research Symposium

The Charlie and Harriet Shaffer Cognitive Empowerment Program (CEP) is a joint effort between Emory University’s Brain Health Center and the Georgia Institute of Technology to promote innovative research and therapy programs for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises, Inc. are supporting the new MCI Empowerment Program with a $23.7 million gift. Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), SimTigrate Design Lab in the College of Design, and other programs and labs across campus are testing and refining new technologies and innovations in built environments that promote long-term health and independence.

On Friday, February 11, 2022 from 9:00 AM to Noon (EST), researchers, stakeholders, staff, members, care partners and community members will meet to take stock, move forward, encourage collaboration, and synergize the progress we have made at CEP. Attendees will hear from various researchers and collaborators about the work they have accomplished and what they are planning in conjunction with the CEP members in 2022. In addition, recipients of the 2021 Cognitive Empowerment Program - Innovation Accelerator seed grant program will present their research findings and the 2022 seed grant recipients will introduce their proposals. To learn more about the CEP, please visit http://empowerment.emory.edu.

To register for the conference, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cognitive-empowerment-program-research-symposium-tickets-243724896727. And for more information about the symposium, please contact simtigrate@design.gatech.edu.

Presentations

Evaluating Spaces at the Cognitive Empowerment Center – Lessons Learned for Quality Improvement
Herminia Machry and Raha Rastegar

Safety at Home Research: Early Lessons
Brian Jones and Maureen Burke

Google Home
Toma Zubaity

Teaching People with MCI to Use Technology
Breanna Carter

The Right Steps II Project
Tony Stringer

Co-Design Toolkit
Leila Aflatoony

Speech Perception​
Clayton Feustel

Music, Mood, and Memory
Grace Lesile and Bryce Irvins

Moving Yourself in Space and Time: The MYSTIC STUDY
Madeleine Hackney

Sleep Quality of People with MCI
Ece Erdogmus, Andrea Green, and Eunhwa Yang

News

CEP

Cognitive Empowerment Program Opens Doors to First Members

The new Georgia Tech-Emory University Cognitive Empowerment Program provides people with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers with resources, education, and “a whole new level of hope.”

View recorded sessions of the inaugural research symposium, January 2021:
CEP Research Symposium (Part 1 - Opening Plenary) 
CEP Research Symposium (Part 2 - 2020 Seed Grant Reports) 
CEP Research Symposium (Part 3 - Closing Plenary)