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The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (JHAD-RCMAR) is a collaborative effort between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

The Center is based in the School of Public Health and is one of the Alzheimer's disease-focused Centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) and funded by the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging.

The JHAD-RCMAR aims to train and support early-stage investigators from under-represented backgrounds who are carrying out Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ARDR)-relevant research that supports cognitive health and well-being in minority older adults, with the long-term goals to:

  1. Enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in minority aging research in priority areas of social, behavioral, and economic research on aging.
  2. Develop infrastructure to promote advances in these areas while simultaneously increasing the number of researchers focused on health disparities and the health and well-being of minority older adults, within a framework that encompasses individuals, families, social networks, neighborhoods, and communities.

The JHAD-RCMAR capitalizes on an outstanding interdisciplinary environment at Johns Hopkins University for research, training, and mentoring to emphasize epidemiological and intervention research with a life course perspective on ameliorating health disparities by advancing minority aging research as it is related to ADRD.  It is expected that JHAD-RCMAR supported studies will establish preliminary data and generate peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals that lead to substantive, long-term externally funded research portfolios.

Our research, training, and community-based activities are implemented through four interacting components: 

  • The Administrative Core

  • The Research Education Component

  • The Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core

  • The Analysis Core

 The JHAD-RCMAR is funded by the National Institute on Aging grant P30AG059298.