Research in African American Alzheimer Disease Initiative

Research in African American Alzheimer Disease Initiative

African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than non-Hispanic whites, yet historically have a lower participation rate in research studies. The HIHG is committed to addressing these health disparities through research and education including outreach throughout the South Florida African-American community stressing the importance of having diverse groups participate in research

While previous large-scale genetic studies have made a great impact on Alzheimer’s disease research, these studies have mainly focused on non-Hispanic white populations. According to a study by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s occurs more often in African-Americans and black populations than among whites. Researchers at the University of Miami, Wake Forest University, Columbia University and Case Western Reserve University are working together to find the genes that may cause Alzheimer’s in African American and black populations. Finding gene(s) and learning how they interact with one another and other factors such as diet and the environment will provide valuable insights into how Alzheimer’s develops in individuals. This knowledge will lead to improved diagnosis and eventually to better treatments for these disorders.

University of Miami Principal Investigators

Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.

Gary Beecham, Ph.D.

University of Miami Significant Collaborators

Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D.

Significant Collaborators

Goldie Byrd, Ph.D.: Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Jonathan Haines, Ph.D.: Case Western Reserve University

Christiane Reitz, MD, Ph.D.: Columbia University

NIH Grants

Replication and Extension of ADSP Discoveries in African-Americans, AG052410

Other Media

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s, by Dan Gasby

For more information contact:

Faina Lacroix
Sr. Research Associate
African American Alzheimer Disease Initiative
Ph: (305) 243-1981

Larry Deon Adams
Director, Research Support
African American and Hispanic Alzheimer Disease Studies
Ph: (305) 243-4018