NIA grant will fund new Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD)

October 25, 2018

ANN ARBOR— NIA grant will fund new Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD).

The National Institute on Aging has awarded University of Michigan researchers $3,480,980 to fund a new center that will focus on how social and community contexts influence Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) will tap expertise from programs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University to advance research on epidemiology, health economics, and culturally sensitive care in order to address the complexity of ADRD and ultimately eliminate disparities.

University of Michigan faculty investigators include Kristine J. Ajrouch, Toni C. Antonucci, and Laura B. Zahodne. According to Ajrouch, the center’s long-term goal is to facilitate “the elimination of ADRD disparities through research, mentorship, community links, and training of more behavioral and social scientists from underrepresented backgrounds.”

In the tradition of research on minority aging, the Center will address unique and specific issues of racial/ethnic minorities, with an emphasis on African Americans, Arab Americans and Latinos.

“A great deal of our work will focus on building a relationship with the Arab American communities in metropolitan Detroit and Latino communities in Grand Rapids through community health learning events,” says Ajrouch.

On Friday, November 2, 2018, the Center will hold its first event to connect with the Arab American community. This community health learning event will provide information and resources on meeting the challenges of aging and preventing memory loss. The event is open and free to the public.

Appetizers, desserts and refreshments will be provided.

WHERE: Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

RSVP: The organizers encourage but do not require an RSVP. To register, email Donna Jawad at gdjawad@hotmail.com or call the University of Michigan Life Course Development Program at 734-763-4993.