Alzheimer's Association-Illinois Chapter to discuss racial disparities in disease research Feb. 25
During Black History Month, the Alzheimer's Association is highlighting the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in Alzheimer's disease research.
On Thursday, Feb. 25, the "Matters of the Mind" seminar will feature a discussion on this topic by Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H., Vice President of Scientific Engagement and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Alzheimer's Association, and Crystal Glover, PH.D., Division of Behavioral Sciences Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College and Social Psychologist at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center.
This virtual seminar from 10 a.m. to noon will examine why it is important that study populations in clinical research reflect the diversity of the overall population, and what can happen when this is not the case. Our presenters will discuss historical and current barriers to research participation among people of color, and will share examples of innovative practices that are being employed to improve diversity in clinical studies, and especially in Alzheimer's disease-related studies.
According to the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, the need for strong voices and advocacy on behalf of our African American communities in the fight against Alzheimer's has never been greater:
• African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as older white Americans.
• African Americans may be more likely to be diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, when individuals are more cognitively and physically impaired -- and therefore, are in need of more medical care.
• Despite their increased risk, Black Americans are underrepresented in clinical trials, making up only about 5% of all trial participants.
As the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research, the Alzheimer's Association is committed to raising awareness of this fatal brain disease and its warning signs in diverse populations during Black History Month and year-round.
This meeting is being conducted via webinar/phone. For registration or information on the seminar, visit alzheimers-illinois.org/education/MindMatters/.
About the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter:
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter covers an 87-county area with offices in Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, Springfield, Bloomington, Peoria, Quincy and Southern Illinois. Since 1980, the chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. The Illinois Chapter serves more than half a million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer's disease, including more than 230,000 Illinois residents living with the disease. For more information, visit www.alz.org/illinois or call the free 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.