Alzheimer’s Association Spotlights Black Dementia Researchers From Harlem To Hollis

During Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter is collaborating with Columbia University and the Collaborative for Alzheimer’s Disease Research (CADRE) on programs featuring Black dementia researchers.

The programs are presented by Dr. Travonia Brown-Hughes of Hampton University and Johns Hopkins and Dr. Allison Caban-Holt from Wake Forest School of Medicine, who will focus on the impact of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia on the Black community.

Black Americans are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. They are also less likely to be diagnosed early, resulting in less time for treatment and planning.

The researchers will discuss risk factors, early diagnosis, health equity, research and clinical trials, and improving Alzheimer’s care for communities of color.

Doris Saintil Phildor, MPH, Health Systems Director at the Alzheimer’s Association, says “We thank our partners at Columbia University for helping us bring these programs to New Yorkers. While we work to address inequities at the system level, we also want to bring important information directly to our community members.” Ms. Phildor explains, “We organized these programs to give people an opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from the experts.”


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Program Schedule

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Thur., Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m.

Featured presentation: “Importance of African Americans in Clinical Trials” by Dr. Travonia Brown-Hughes, Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy, Hampton University, and Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Tues., Feb. 22, 6-7 p.m.

Featured presentation: “Alzheimer’s Disease in African American Communities” by Dr. Allison Caban-Holt, Associate Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), Wake Forest School of Medicine



The programs are free, but advance registration is required. To register, visit the links in the schedule above or call 800.272.3900. The Alzheimer’s Association, New York Chapter offers a range of free programs and services for people in the five boroughs. For information, visit its website.

Photo credit: (l to r) Dr. Caban Holt and Dr. Travonia Brown-Hughes.

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