Collaboration with Dr. Byrd

Collaboration with Dr. Goldie Byrd

For over a decade, Dr. Pericak-Vance and Dr. Goldie Byrd from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University (NC A&T) have worked together to create one of the largest outreach programs for Alzheimer’s disease research in African-Americans in both North Carolina and South Florida.

Dr. Goldie Byrd, PhD received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Professional Biology and Biology Education at North Carolina A & T State University. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and completed her Post-Doctorial training at Meharry Medical College.

In 2003, Dr. Byrd joined the faculty at North Carolina A & T State University where she served as Chair of the Department of Biology. She won a multi-million dollar grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities to establish genetics research capacity at NC A&T University. She also won support to study Genetic Susceptibility of Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans. Dr. Byrd’s extensive research into AD has been recognized both nationally and internationally by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Black College Hall of Fame. She is one of the founders of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s and she recently helped secure a $1 million grant for NC A&T from Merck, Inc. to provide initial funding for a Center for Outreach in Aging, Alzheimer’s and Community Health (COAACH).