UC San Diego and San Diego State University have teamed up to lead an Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR). It is one of eight AD-RCMARs funded across the United States by the National Institute on Aging. This Center is a partnership between the UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Department of Neurosciences, and San Diego State University's Department of Psychology and Graduate School of Public Health.
The goal of the San Diego AD-RCMAR is to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring scientists from underrepresented groups for careers in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) relevant research.
Our theme is to examine priority areas of social and behavioral science related to ADRD, including research on the epidemiology of ADRD, preventative interventions for ADRD, and the formal and informal care challenges of individuals with ADRD. Transdisciplinary research in encouraged, along with projects specifically focused on ADRD in older Latinos.
"It's essential that we fill critical gaps in Latino ADRD research, while catalyzing the research careers of investigators from underrepresented groups. We look forward to doing this in partnership with our two institutions and our community. In the end, we expect to have a meaningful impact on Alzheimer's disease in the Latino population by fostering the success of the scientific workforce from Latino and other minority groups investigating this brain disease" ~ Dr. Alison Moore, Lead Project Investigator for the San Diego AD-RCMAR
See Op-Ed from the Los Angeles Times authored by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Project Investigator, regarding the importance of understanding Alzheimer's Disease in Latinos: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-02-19/latinos-alzheimers-disease-health-risk-factors
The importance of our Center's work has also been highlighted on the UCSD-TV Alzheimer's Disease - The Brain Channel: https://www.ucsd.tv/search-details.aspx?showid=34417
First graduating class of San Diego AD-RCMAR Scientists!