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Cognitive Empowerment Program

Emory University's Brain Health Center and the Georgia Institute of Technology have launched an innovative research and therapy program 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.

MCI is a distinct decline in thinking, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans over age 64. This age group is expected to double to 88.5 million by the year 2050.

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.

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) 

Core Areas


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

Built Environment
Built Environment

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


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

Innovation Accelerator
Innovation Accelerator

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

Seed Grants

*RFPs now open for 2021-2022 seed grants. Deadline: August 13, 2021 by 5 p.m. More info at the link below.

Each year for the next three years, the CEP's Innovation Accelerator (IA) will award $150,000 in seed grants to grow the body of literature in the MCI space. 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. If you are interested in working with our team, please complete the form and we will get back to you soon. LEARN MORE


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:


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