Researchers at Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center are recruiting for a long-term study of the early drivers of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center is recruiting individuals aged 50 and older to participate in a study researching early drivers of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Vanderbilt Memory and Aging Project was established in 2012 by Angela Jefferson, PhD, professor of Neurology and founding director of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center. It was among the first studies to research the long-term connection between heart and brain health.

“This is not just a professional passion for me. It is also quite personal. I know, having multiple family members affected by Alzheimer’s disease, just how complicated this disease is – how frustrated and helpless you can feel,” said Jefferson. “I want to be part of the solution to ensure that other families don’t experience what my family went through.”

The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center needs to enroll at least 1,000 people age 50 and older — particularly people of color who are disproportionately impacted yet historically underrepresented in research.

Jefferson and her colleagues are hopeful that Alzheimer’s could become a preventable disease in the future if the underlying drivers of the disease are identified and targeted with early treatment.

Study participants will need to visit Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, every two years for follow-up.

Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to volunteer. Those interested in participating in the study can complete an online survey.

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