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Conferences and Workshops

The JHAD-RCMAR sponsors or co-sponsors several conferences and workshops throughout the year focusing on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease, minority aging, and health disparities.

RCMAR scientists and program faculty from the JHAD-RCMAR also participate in many other conferences and workshops as speakers and organizers.  These conferences and workshops provide RCMAR scientists and others who are studying these topics the opportunity to learn about the latest scientific developments and practices in this rapidly expanding field and disseminate their work on Alzheimer’s disease and minority older adults to the broader scientific and lay community. 

2023 Professional Development Series

  • Friday, February 10, 20231:00-2:00pm EST, Dr. Amal Wanigatunga JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 2 Scientist "Final Presentation: Free-living Physical Activity Patterns in Black and/or African Americans With and Without Memory Problems" 
  • Friday, January 13,2023, 1:00-2:00 pm EST, Dr. Roland Thorpe, Dr. Joe Gallo, and Dr. George Rebok  "How to Build a Research Program"

2022 Professional Development Series

  • Friday, December 6, 20221:00-2:00 pm EST, Dr. Carrie Neiman JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 3 Scientist  Work in Progress: "Understanding & Addressing the Hearing Care Needs of Persons Living with Dementia."
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 & Friday, October 14, 2022, Visiting Scholar Presentations: Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson (UNC Center of Health Equity Research)-" Practicing Good Science: The Inclusion of Diverse Populations in Alzheimer's Research." 
  • Friday, September 9, 20221:00-2:00 pm EST- Dr. Chiadi Onyike (Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center) "Cross-Cultural Aspects of the Frontotemporal Dementias."
  • Friday, June 10, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST- Jin Hui Joo JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 2 Scientist "Final Presentation: Instersection of cultural identity, acculturation and generational factors in dementia caregiving "
  • Friday, May 13, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST- Dr. Michelle Carlson ( Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) "Evaluating the Long-term Outcomes of Experience Corps Volunteer Trial on Dementia and Disability Risks” and Dr. Kerry Green (University of Maryland School of Public Health) "The Woodlawn Study: 55 Years and Counting in the Life Course of an Urban African American Cohort."
  • Friday, April 20, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST- Dr. Manka Nkimbeng JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 3 Scientist (Work in Progress) "The African Immigrant Dementia Education Project: Developing A Culturally Tailored Dementia Education Program with and for The Community", and Dr. Roger Wong JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 4 Scientist (Work in Progress) "Lifestyle Behaviors and Dementia Risk Among White and Hispanic Older Adults.
  • Friday, March 1, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST- Dr. Chanee Fabius JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 3 Scientist (Work in Progress) " The Direct Care Workforce Supporting Medicaid-Enrolled Older Adults Living with ADRD in the Community: Findings from a Statewide Survey"
  • Friday, February 11, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST- Dr. Roland Thorpe " How to Increase Productivity: An Open Discussion"
  • Friday, January 14, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST - Dr. Marilyn Albert "Preparing an NIH Biosketch"


2021 Professional Development Series

  • Friday, December 10, 2021- Dr. Travonia Brown-Hughes JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 1 Scientist Final Presentation “Redefining the use of digital communities in the research process: Alzheimer's disease knowledge and recognition in an online educated cohort of midlife and older African Americans. “ 1:00-2:00pm 
  • Friday, May 14, 2021- Judith Kasper, PhD Professor, Health Policy and Management and George W. Rebok, PhD Professor, Mental Health; Director, JHAD-RCMAR Presenting Data Sets: National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and Advanced Cognitive Training Independent for Vital Elderly (ACTIVE)
  • Friday, April 9, 2021-  Research in Progress Presentations by Amal Wanigatunga member of the JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 2 and Manka Nkimbeng PhD, MPH, RN member of the JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 3. Dr. Wanigatunga’s presentation title “Free-living Physical Activity Patterns in Black and/or African Americans With and Without Memory Problems." Dr. Nkimbeng’s presentation title The African Immigrant Dementia Education Project.”
  • Friday, March 15, 2021- Carl V. Hill, PhD., MPH
    • Carl V. Hill, PhD., MPH, is the chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing strategic initiatives to strengthen the Association’s outreach to all populations, and providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. In this role, Hill is responsible for developing cross-functional partnerships with organizations to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The title of Hill's presentation is "Achieving Health Equity by Addressing Disparities in Alzheimer's and all of Dementia."
  • Friday, February 12. 2021 - Halima Amjad, MD, MPH (JHAD-RCMAR Cohort 1)  Final presentation  “We’re Walking Around Blindfolded”: Diverse Caregiver Reflections on Dementia Diagnosis and Care."
  • Friday, January 8, 2021 Patricia Jones, DrPH, MPH, MS
    • Patricia Jones, DrPH, MPH, MS leads the NIA's efforts in stimulating health disparities research related to aging. Jones is the Director of the Office of Special Populations. In this position, she advances the science of eliminating health disparities, facilitates addressing health disparities through basic, clinical and translational and behavioral and social science research, supports developing initiatives that strengthens NIA’s research and training opportunities available to underrepresented persons, including minorities and women, and advises other senior staff on health research related to underrepresented populations; and directs the NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program for early career aging researchers.

Fall 2019 Schedule

  • “Issue Is” Seminar Series

    • The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging sponsors an “Issue Is” Seminar Series the second Tuesday of the month. The Fall 2019 Issue Is Series will focus on advancing research in health disparities.  Dr. Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. and Dr. George Rebok, Directors of the JHAD-RCMAR, will present a key issue and lead a discussion for a session titled “Advancing Minority Aging Research in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders” on Tuesday, October 1 from 9-10 am in the School of Nursing.  This session will be co-sponsored by the JHAD-RCMAR. 

  • The Noontime Seminar Series of the Department of Mental Health in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    • Three presentations co-sponsored by the JHAD-RCMAR Center on Wednesday, October 30, Wednesday, November 6, and Wednesday, November 13 from 12:15-1:30 pm in Hampton House B14B .  Further information about the speakers and the topic of their presentations will be posted on the website soon.

  • The Dementia Consortium sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of School of Medicine Monthly Talks

    • These talks are held on the third Monday of the month from 4:00-5:00 pm in Phipps Building, Room 140.  Dr. Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. and Dr. George Rebok, Directors of the JHAD-RCMAR, will present at the Dementia Consortium on Monday, October 21.  The title of their presentation will be posted on the website soon.

  • The 2019 American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting & Expo

    • Held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 2 to 6, 2019.  A RCMAR Symposium on “Cognitive Impairment in Communities of Color: Findings from NIA RCMR Scientists” is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5 from 3-4:30 pm.  Dr. Carl Hill from the Alzheimer’s’ Association  will moderate the session.  Dr. Vanya Jones, A RCMAR Scientist from the JHAD-RCMAR, will present a paper on “Older Minority and Non-minority Adult Driver Performance on Cognitive-­based Tests and Getting Around Town without Driving.” 

  • The 2019 Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting

    • Held in Austin, Texas, from November 13 to 17, 2019, with the theme, “Strength in Age—Harnessing the Power of Networks.”  A RCMAR Pre-Conference Workshop on “Strategies for Successful Recruitment and Retention of Minority Elders: An NIA Priority Area” will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. In this workshop, experts in recruiting and retaining older Black and African American, Asian, Native, Arab, and Latino/a adults into research will share strategies for overcoming barriers to recruitment, encouraging retention, and addressing concerns about the collection of biospecimens. Participants will learn strategies for Internet-based, in-person, and print-based recruitment and discuss approaches to study design and implementation that maximize retention of minority elder study participants. In addition, NIA representatives will share the Institute's national strategy of recruitment, together with recently developed recruitment tools.