University of California at Davis Lands a $14.7 Million Grant to Study Dementia Among Latinos

University of California at Davis Lands a $14.7 Million Grant to Study Dementia Among Latinos
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of California at Davis a multiyear grant of nearly $14.7 million to pinpoint the reasons why Latinos have higher rates of dementia than other American ethnic groups. Nine other universities will take part in the UC Davis-led study. Researchers will examine conditions that can be precursors of stroke, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanics. They will also look at ways of reducing Latinos' higher rate of such disorders. The rate of Alzheimer's is 50 percent higher than the rate of whites, for example. "This is the largest study of Latinos with cognitive impairment ever done,” Charles S. DeCarli, director of UC Davis' Alzheimer’s Disease Center, said in a press release. "Latinos are the fastest-growing minority population in our aging population, so cognitive impairment in this group is an important public health concern," added DeCarli, the study's co-principal investigator. Researchers will draw from data on more than 16,400 people who enrolled in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos between the ages of 18 and 74. The ongoing study has focused on cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases among Hispanics. Researchers will also use information from Michigan State University's Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging. The university is looking at po
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