UsAgainstAlzheimers Seeks to Increase Number of Minorities in Neurological Research

UsAgainstAlzheimers Seeks to Increase Number of Minorities in Neurological Research
The non-profit UsAgainstAlzheimers organization has started a program that has a key goal of addressing African-American and Latino underrepresentation in neurological research. Recognizing that Alzheimers disproportionately affects people of color, another goal of the program will be to build a national network of doctors, researchers, patients, caregivers and others involved in healthcare to enhance collaboration and share knowledge. The program is partially funded by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (4192-USAA). The engagement award is not a research grant. It is aimed at bringing more doctors, patients, caregivers, and others in healthcare roles into the research process. It will do this by supporting projects that help create a community better able to participate in patient-centered research and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), and help disseminate study results. Central to the engagement award program's mission is funding CER projects that provide patients and caregivers with information they need to make better-informed healthcare decisions. An important part of the program will be a meeting on October 3 in Washington on patient-centered research. It will include webinars aimed at identifying community-based research priorities and creating networks to inform, promote and include more minorities in Alzheimer's and dementia research. "Alzheimer's is ravaging our communities,"
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