AA-FAIM study featured on Spectrum News 1

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The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute’s (WAI) Regional Milwaukee Office and its research programs are featured in a segment broadcast on Spectrum News 1. The news report interviews a participant enrolled in African Americans Fighting Alzheimer’s in Midlife (AA-FAIM) study and describes the health disparities in Alzheimer’s disease. AA-FAIM is a sub-study of the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP)  — the largest and one of the longest-running family history studies of Alzheimer’s disease in the world — and emphasizes the inclusion of African Americans, who have been historically underrepresented in research, in biomarker research as a way to identify Alzheimer’s before a person experiences any symptoms of the disease. 

Celena Ramsey is a research specialist who works in the WAI Regional Milwaukee Office. Their research program is working to connect participants and community members with resources for support and brain health. “We know quality of care is different in different areas, different communities. A lot of people are not receiving those services,” Ramsey said.

“This is what we’re really about is serving the community, having solutions that work for our participants and for the communities that they come from,” said Sterling Johnson, PhD.

Bridging the gap in Alzheimer’s research” aired January 11, 2024, on Spectrum News 1.