Benefits of Joining a Research Study
Cognitive Health Among African Americans
Historically, many communities have been excluded from or mistreated by research organizations. These injustices have created gaps in the scientific literature for underrepresented groups. This is true in memory research as much as any other disease category.
Our research program includes a special focus on cognitive health among African Americans. African Americans experience different cognitive health outcomes from other groups, such as:
- African American older adults are twice as likely as white older adults to have Alzheimer's disease (Alzheimer's Association).
- Though African Americans make up 13.6% of the U.S. population, African American families bear 33% of the national financial costs associate with Alzheimer's disease (UsAgainstAlzheimers).
- By 2060, Alzheimer's disease cases among African American older adults will be four times higher than today (CDC).
The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center affirms the urgent need to end the disproportionate burden of Alzheimer's disease on families of color. Our researchers are committed to making discoveries that benefit our local communities.
To learn more about how your participation can help prevent Alzheimer's disease for future generations, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Pam Cowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 875-3175.
What to Expect When Participating in Research
If you are 50 years of age or older and live in middle Tennessee or willing to travel to Nashville for research visits, then you may be eligible to join one of our research studies. Please consider joining our registry to be contacted about future opportunities.
Vanderbilt Memory & Aging Project (VMAP)
Founded in 2012, VMAP is a longitudinal study tracking the impact of vascular health on brain health and Alzheimer's disease risk over time. VMAP is actively recruiting new participants who are 50 years of age or older.
Once enrolled, VMAP participants complete study activities over a three-day period every 18 months to 2 years. These follow-up visits provide important information about changes over time. Study activities include a physical examination, cognitive testing, a brain MRI, a heart MRI, a lumbar puncture, and other health monitoring activities.
For individuals who have been diagnosed by a doctor with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease, the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center offers clinical trials. We encourage you to join our Participant Registry so our staff can alert you as new clinical trials open for patient enrollment.