The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded funding to scientists at the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute for a ground-breaking study — to advance imaging capabilities for greater understanding of the structure and function of cerebral small vessels. Cerebral small vessel disease is the most common contributor to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

The project also intends to open up ADRD research to include more Asian Americans, who are significantly underrepresented. Currently the global Asian population is rapidly aging and the burden of ADRD will likely mirror this growth. Thanks to NIA’s funding, project lead Danny JJ Wang, PhD, director of imaging technology innovation at the institute, will be in a position to help bridge the gap.

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