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Free webinar examines historical inequities in clinical trials for Black Americans


Thu, Jan 26th 2023 07:00 am

Event to be held in honor of Black History Month

Submitted by the Alzheimer’s Association

In honor of Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free live webinar, “Alzheimer’s & Dementia Conversations: Changing the Face of Research,” on Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m. The one-hour webinar will feature a robust discussion on the historical inequities in clinical trials and their lasting impact on Black Americans and other underrepresented populations.

Currently, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. Among Black Americans aged 70 or older, more than 1 in 5 (21%) are living with Alzheimer’s.

Panelists will include Dr. Reuben Warren, director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare; the Rev. Dr. Ann Marie Bentsi-Addison Posey, senior director of faith-based initiatives at New York City Health and Hospital Corp.; and the Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett, medical director, international health commission, for the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) Church.

According to the 2021 Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report, nearly two-thirds of Black Americans (62%) believe that medical research is biased against people of color. A history of exclusion from clinical trials, and a lasting history of discrimination from the medical establishment contribute to high levels of mistrust of clinical trials among Black Americans.

“We know that Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects Black older Americans,” said Dr. Carl V. Hill, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “We are committed to continue engaging underrepresented communities.”

To register, visit “Alzheimer’s & Dementia Conversations: Changing the Face of Research”.

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

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