News & Events : 2019 : June

Successful Public Outreach Event at Westchester Community College

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) participated in a public event titled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities of Alzheimer’s Disease: Exploring the Genetic Link,” which was organized by Dozene Guishard, Ed.D., CDP, and took place at Westchester Community College in New York. It was well attended, drawing large numbers of people from Westchester County who are interested in why certain groups are more at risk for developing the most common form of dementia. The panelists – Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance, Dr. Christiane Reitz, and Dr. Goldie Byrd – covered tips for caregivers, advice for disease prevention, and steps for getting involved in Alzheimer’s research. Director of Research Support, Mr. Larry Deon Adams, was also on hand to provide literature geared towards non-scientists and answer any questions about research participation. Because the same genetic factors do not necessarily carry the same level of risk in different populations, an inclusive approach to biomedical research is one of the most effective ways geneticists can reduce health disparities.