Perspectives on ethnic and racial disparities in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: Update and areas of immediate need

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Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRDs) are a global crisis facing the aging population and society as a whole. With the numbers of people with ADRDs predicted to rise dramatically across the world, the scientific community can no longer neglect the need for research focusing on ADRDs among underrepresented ethnoracial diverse groups. The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART; comprises a number of professional interest areas (PIAs), each focusing on a major scientific area associated with ADRDs. We leverage the expertise of the existing international cadre of ISTAART scientists and experts to synthesize a cross-PIA white paper that provides both a concise “state-of-the-science” report of ethnoracial factors across PIA foci and updated recommendations to address immediate needs to advance ADRD science across ethnoracial populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-312
Number of pages21
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019

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Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01AG054073 (SEO), R01AG058537 (S.E.O.), R01AG046543 (K.L.L.), R01AG056466 (G.M.B. and C.M.R.), R03AG055482 (G.M.B.), R01AG054449, DP5OD019833 (Y.T.Q.), HDR064993 (E.H.), P01HD035897 (N.S.), U54 HD079123 (N.S.), R01AG014673 (N.S.), P50AG05142 (L.S.S.), and R01AG057684 (L.S.S.). Other support included UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (grant RP-DG-0611-10003-AS ), Florida Department of Health , Ed and Ethel More Alzheimer's Disease Research Program (6AZ01, 8AZ06), Alzheimer Drug Discovery Fund (K.L.L.), AARFD-16-439140 (G.M.B.), Canadian Institutes for Health Research ( PJT153079 to K.L.L.), Alzheimer's Association 2017 Part the Cloud (K.L.L.), Carlos III Institute of Health , Spain (grants PI14/01126 and PI17/01019 to J.F.), partly funded by Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), Unión Europea, “Una manera de hacer Europa”, a “Marató TV3” grant (20141210 to J.F.), Generalitat de Catalunya ( 2014SGR-0235 ), the Fundació Bancaria La Caixa , and T21 Research Society Clinical Committee (A.S.).

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  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Alzheimer's related dementias
  • Diversity
  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnoracial
  • Translational
  • Underserved

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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