Rosalyn Lang from Alzheimer's Disesases Research Study at NCA&T

Ms. Lang gives background information on the organization she works for, and explains how Alzheimer's affects the African-American race. I shot and edited this piece.



What do Participants Do?
Read and sign a consent form.
Give family and Medical History.
Answer questions that test your memory, thinking, mood, and concentration.
Complete a brief neurological examination.
Give permission to review the medical records of the individual with memory and thinking problems.
Provide a blood sample.
Receive monetary compensation
Why is this Study Important?
Alzheimer’s disease occurs more often in African Americans than in Caucasians. By studying many people with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at North Carolina A&T State University and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hope to find genes (inherited material) that may cause Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans. The goals of this research study are to find the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease and to improve Alzheimer’s tests and treatments for African-Americans.
What are the study facts?
Study participation is voluntary.
Joining the study will not affect your healthcare or insurance.
All information is confidential.
There is no cost to the family.
A participant may withdraw from the study at any time.
Travel to the research center is not required to participate in the study.
Research progress will be sent to study participants in periodic newsletters.
Monetary Compensation will be provided
Who can join the Study?
African American men and women age 60 years and over, are needed to partake in this study. Both men and women with severe memory loss and thinking problems, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease are needed to participate. The study seeks 2000 individuals’ to partake in the study. In addition, based on the family tree, selected family members may also be asked to participate in the study.

For more information or to enroll your family in the African American Alzheimer’s disease research study at North Carolina A&T State University please contact:

Takiyah D. Starks, MS, Clinical Research Study Coordinator
North Carolina A&T State University
Department of Biology
Yanceyville Center
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
Phone: 1.888.248.2808

Dr. Goldie S. Byrd leads the African American Alzheimer’s disease research study. She is a professor in the Department of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University.

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