News : 2017 : July

Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Featured in the Miami Herald

Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG), is featured this month in the Miami Herald article: “A call to action: Join the fight now against Alzheimer’s Disease” written by the celebrated historian Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Ph.D.

The article discusses the journey of Barbara Elaine Smith, a former television host, fashion model, and celebrity chef, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer disease. She and her husband, Dan Gasby, wrote the book “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s” to bring awareness to the disease, which has been called a silent epidemic among the African American community.

Dr. Pericak-Vance has been committed to addressing health disparities in genomic medicine and is currently the principal investigator for an African American Alzheimer Disease study at the HIHG. African Americans are twice as likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer disease but have historically low participation rates in research studies. The article serves as a call to action to the local community to participate and spread awareness of this issue. Read the full article here.