Oklahoma's Alzheimer's Association Brings Awareness To Health Disparities In Minority Populations

The New IDEAS study uses brain scans to look for evidence of Alzheimer's Disease, and shares the information with other researchers who are in the process of developing treatments.

Wednesday, February 14th 2024, 5:09 am

By: News On 6


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The Oklahoma’s Alzheimer's Association is raising awareness on health disparities impacting the Black community.

"New IDEAS" is a clinical study that aims to create new treatments for people living with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

OSU Tulsa and the Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma Chapters are teaming up to bring more awareness to the study through seminars for the public.

The New IDEAS study uses brain scans to look for evidence of Alzheimer's Disease, and shares the information with other researchers who are in the process of developing treatments.

The goal is to have 7,000 participants, with at least 4,000 of them being from minority populations, especially Black and Latino Americans.

"Black Americans are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as White Americans. So, as we're looking at these different minority groups and really encouraging their participation because they are heavily impacted by this. And we want to make sure we are serving those who need us most," said Meggie Gaskins, Dir. of Communications for Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma Chapter.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply for the clinical study.

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