Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have launched a study to help determine why Latinos are more likely to develop diabetes, followed by dementia. By focusing the study on this underserved population, the scientists also hope to address the significant health disparities experienced by Latino people. To support this effort, the National Institute on Aging awarded the scientists $3.7 million.

Th researchers have just begun recruiting Latino adults age 50-65 from the East Los Angeles community. Engaging the community with educational and research activities is central to the project, so the project leads are committing to a substantial investment of time and resources — including training research staff who are native Spanish speakers and building trust with a community that has long faced medical discrimination.

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