The Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute is one of five institutions partnering in a five-year, $149 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to address alarming health disparities in Alzheimer’s disease research. This grant will continue to fund the Health and Aging Brain Study – Health Disparities, the most comprehensive study of Alzheimer’s disease among diverse communities ever conducted.

Currently, Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials focus on data gathered from non-Hispanic white individuals. However, the United States Census Bureau projects that by 2060 15% of the population will be Black and 27.5% will be Hispanic. Such data proves there is an urgent need to integrate biomarker-related data from non-white participants into Alzheimer’s research.

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