Become involved and join the fight against Alzheimer's disease in the African-American community

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The goal of this study is to shed light on the clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging and biochemical markers of Alzheimer’s disease among older adults in the African-American community. One of the main reasons Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is known as the silent epidemic in the African-American community is because few African Americans have historically participated in Alzheimer's research. As a result, little is known about why the illness affects blacks twice as often as whites. Currently there is limited information about strategies to improve diagnosis and expand treatment options for older African American adults. The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, located in the East Bay, is creating the science that will uncover new ways of diagnosing the disease earlier and shape the development of more culturally-informed, effective treatments.

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center East Bay is a unique research and medical training facility focused on understanding how cognitive problems eventually develop into Alzheimer’s disease. We are one of the world’s cutting-edge research facilities and our team strives to create safe and effective treatments nationally and for our diverse Northern California population.
This study requires

Once a year, participants will come to the East Bay clinic to get a medical exam by a neurologist. Participants will also take part in face-to-face paper and pencil tests given by a specially trained psychologist. Each exam takes about two hours. In the first year, participants will also get an MRI brain scan at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. Brain scans will be repeated every couple of years as needed. Your doctor can receive a report of these examinations at your choosing. We ask that you bring a study partner (e.g., friend, family member or caregiver) who knows you well and is available to accompany you to all clinic visits for the duration of the study. The clinic assessment and brain scan are at no cost to you. In addition, we will provide transportation and reimburse you for your time.

We bundle all of the patient data together and analyze it collectively in group format. Your personal information always remains anonymous. This study’s goal is to understand the changes in the brain and body associated with early signs of the disease. Specifically, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center East Bay focuses on understanding why Alzheimer’s disease affects the Black community more often and more severely than the White or Latino communities.

Who can participate

African-American older adults, 65 years and older, who are willing and able to complete cognitive, imaging and medical examinations.

Benefits and risks of participating
We hope the knowledge gained by our team will benefit participants, future generations and society at large. We hope by working together we will improve our understanding of how older African Americans develop Alzheimer’s disease. The data from this study will be used in the development of future research studies focusing on the treatment of AD in its earliest stages. Leave a legacy, join the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
In return for your time and effort, you will be paid $50.00 for completion of the annual study evaluation. If the visit includes an MRI Scan, you will be paid an additional $50.00.

We will provide you with transportation to the center and MRI scan if you need it. If you provide your own transportation, we will reimburse you $50.00 for each visit.
Study duration and period
The first study visit may take about 4 - 8 hours. We would like to keep track of your medical condition for the rest of your life. We would like to do this by giving you an evaluation once a year to see how you are doing.
Recruitment period
From Sept. 28, 2018
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