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Rutgers to develop AAPI focused Alzheimer’s and dementia research center

The Rutgers University Institute of Health, Healthcare Policy, and Aging Research and New York University (NYU) have received more than $4.2 million dollars in funding from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA). According to the New Jersey Business Magazine, the grant money will go towards establishing the Resource Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research in Asian and Pacific Americans (RCASIA).

According to the center’s principal researchers, Bei Wu, interim director at the Rutgers Institute Center for Healthy Aging, and William Hu, dean’s professor and vice dean for research at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, RCASIA’s mission is to advance research for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia specifically in Asian and Pacific Islander elderly individuals.

The goals of the center are: to test the cognition and care of older Asian and Pacific Islander Americans that suffer with Alzheimer’s and other dementias; and to mentor scientists involved with Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

RCASIA is the first NIH-funded Alzheimer’s and dementia center in New Jersey. It is also the first Alzheimer’s and dementia-focused NIA research center specifically addressing Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

The center is partnering with other institutions, including NYU Grossman School of Medicine, The City University of New York, and Northwestern University. Additionally, RCASIA will partner with the Alzheimer’s research center at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Rutgers Health is proud to be at the forefront of groundbreaking Alzheimer’s and dementia research in Asian and Pacific Americans, leading the way, in collaboration with valued partners, as the home of the first NIH-funded center in New Jersey dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of these devastating diseases,” Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences said in a press release. “Together, we are committed to making a meaningful impact through research and education at the Resource Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research in Asian and Pacific Americans.”

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