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RCMAR (The San Diego Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research)

UC San Diego, in collaboration with San Diego State University (SDSU), recently developed the San Diego Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR). There are only eight of these centers across the United States. Established in 2018, the purpose of this center is twofold: 1) To enhance the diversity of researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) by focusing on the recruitment and career development of scientists from underrepresented groups; and 2) To fill critical gaps in ADRD research focused on older Latinos. The center is led by four outstanding faculty, including Alison Moore, MD, MPH (UCSD Geriatrics and Gerontology), our own Hector Gonzalez, Ph.D. (UCSD Neurosciences/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center), John Elder, Ph.D. (SDSU Public Health), and Paul Gilbert, Ph.D. (SDSU Psychology). Each year, the center supports three or four early-stage and new scientists by funding a small research project focused on ADRD, and providing mentorship and career development. The San Diego AD-RCMAR benefits from being able to offer data from multiple large data sets, including those from the ADRC, the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos and Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging, and the Rancho Bernardo Study of Healthy Aging. The AD-RCMAR also works closely with the ADRC and community partners and co-hosted the ADRC’s Neurodegenerative Diseases: Updates in Research and Community Resources workshop in November 2019. Select AD-RCMAR scientists attend monthly seminars and receive individual assistance with writing and career development and network with scientists in other training programs here in San Diego and at other AD-RCMAR centers. The AD-RCMAR is funded by the National Institute on Aging. To learn more about the San Diego AD-RCMAR, contact Jennifer Reichstadt, MSG, at