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Workshop Part II: Alzheimer’s: Diversity in Clinical Trials Participation & Brain Health

October 29 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

HEAL Collaborative is partnering with Mount Teman A.M.E. Church in Elizabeth, NJ, to bring a two-part Alzheimer’s educational workshop series. Esteemed subject matter experts will share how Alzheimer’s impacts communities of color and how our participation in clinical trials matters. Caregivers will also join the discussion to provide first-hand accounts of their experiences caring for loved ones during their journey. Local advocacy organizations will share insights and information about their respective supportive resources.

 

African-Americans & Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association identified an emerging public health crisis among African-Americans — the Silent Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease. This report brings together for the first time an accumulating body of evidence about the scope and nature of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans.

Each study is important on its own, but only when put together does the magnitude of the

crisis become clear.

Among the findings from research highlighted in this report :

• Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent among African-Americans than among whites — with estimates ranging from 14% to almost 100% higher

• There, is greater familial risk of Alzheimer’s in African-Americans

• Genetic and environmental factors may work differently to cause Alzheimer disease in

African-Americans.

 

OCTOBER 29: WORKSHOP PART II

Alzheimer’s: Diversity in Clinical Trials Participation & Brain Health  

Without clinical research and adequate representation, there wouldn’t be sufficient information to provide African Americans with preventative measures, treatment, or a possible cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Workshop II will examine the role of clinical trials in advancing potentially promising treatment options for Alzheimer’s. We will also highlight the importance of including our children in conversations about their family member’s experiences with Alzheimer’s. Expert panelists will also explain the distinction between dementia and mental illness by sharing the symptoms and why it’s vital to seek a professional diagnosis.

SPEAKERS:

Rev. George Britt, Senior Pastor, Mount Teman A.M.E. Church 

Michelle Papka, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Director and Founder, The Cognitive and Research Center of New Jersey

Emma Wallace, MD, Ph.D., Neurologist 

George Banning, MD, Psychiatrist 

Valencia Julien, Author, Giselle Learns About Alzheimer’s and NAACP Freedom Fund Youth Council Award recipient

SPEAKERS:

Rev. George Britt, Senior Pastor, Mount Teman A.M.E. Church 

Michelle Papka, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Director and Founder, The Cognitive and Research Center of New Jersey

Emma Wallace, MD, Ph.D., Neurologist 

George Banning, MD, Psychiatrist 

Valencia Julien, Author, Giselle Learns About Alzheimer’s and NAACP Freedom Fund Youth Council Award recipient

 

This event is in partnership with:

HEAL Collaborative

Biogen

Lifelong Elizabeth

Union County Fatherhood Initiative

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey

Jefferson Park Compassion Ministries