Educational Workshop: Health Disparities in Alzheimer’s Research – Methodological Considerations

Friday, July 12, 2019
1 – 5 p.m.
Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, Hollywood Room


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has taken special efforts to support research endeavors that explore health disparities related to aging. The NIA Health Disparities Research Framework is used to assess progress and opportunities toward stimulating multi-level aging research, at environmental, sociocultural, behavioral and biological levels of analysis. The goal of this educational workshop is to examine disparities in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with special emphasis on study design and methodological considerations when linking multi-level factors to AD disparities. The presentations will focus on Alzheimer biomarkers evaluation and the use of various life course perspectives.

Organizing Committee

  • Time
  • Topics

1 p.m.

Opening Remarks

1:15 p.m.

Topic 1: State of the Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker in Health Disparities
Sterling C. Johnson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Presentation: 30 minutes; Discussion: 15 minutes

2 p.m.

Topic 2: Rigorous Approaches to Evaluating Drivers and Solutions for Health Disparities

  • Introduction/Overview: Why Causal Inference Methods and Health Disparities Research Go Hand-in-Hand, Maria Glymour, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco [8 minutes]

  • Methods to Address Selection Bias: Who's In and Who's Out? Analyzing and Interpreting Non-Representative Data Sets in Health Disparities Research, Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles [15 minutes]

  • Methods to Address Confounding Bias: What to Do When You Can't Randomize, Jacqueline Torres, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco [15 minutes]

  • Methods to Evaluate Mediation: How Did That Happen? Tools to Evaluate Mechanisms and Point to Interventions, Roch Nianogo, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles [15 minutes]

  • Wrap Up/Questions Panel [17 minutes]

3:10 p.m.


3:25 p.m.

Topic 3: Emerging Directions for Improving Health Disparities Research in Alzheimer’s Disease
Presentation: 30 minutes; Discussion: 20 minutes

  • Health Disparities in Cognitive Aging and AD: What We Know, Paul Brewster, Ph.D., University of Victoria

  • Knowledge Gaps and Challenges for Advancing Knowledge, Rebecca Melrose, Ph.D., VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

  • Recommendations to Advance Research in Health Disparities in Cognitive Aging and AD, Dan M. Mungas, Ph.D., University of California at Davis

4:15 p.m.

Discussion [45 minutes]


Educational workshops come with separate registration fees in addition to AAIC full conference registration. Workshops can also be purchased as stand-alone events. Registration for this workshop opened in February.

Call for Abstracts

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