Dr. Heehyul Moon Awarded the Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Pilot Grant

image of Dr. MoonKent Associate Professor, Dr. Hee Hyul Moon, was awarded the Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (NAD RCMAR) pilot grant funded by National Institute on Aging (NIA) .

The Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (NAD RCMAR) website states its mission is "to better understand, intervene on, and mitigate the Alzheimer’s disease health disparities experienced by American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. NAD RCMAR funds social and behavioral pilot studies that advance the field through its Research Education Program, a career development program that provides early-to-mid-career investigators the skills and mentorship to better advance Alzheimer’s disease research."

Dr. Sunshine Rote will also work on this grant as CoPI from September 2020 to Feb 2022. The grant project, “Longitudinal trajectories of cognitive impairment and functional disabilities among American Indian (AI) older adults compared with White, Black, and Hispanic older adults, will conduct a pilot study of disparities in cognitive impairment of AI older adults compared to other racial/ethnic groups (Non-Hispanic White (NHW); Non-Hispanic Black (NHB); Hispanic). The goals of the project are (1) to understand the disparities in dementia prevalence and risk factors as well as the effects on trends in cognitive impairment among AI older adults, and (2) to increase our understanding of trends in prevalence and their associations with changes in functional disabilities compared to other racial/ethnic groups.