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Alzheimer’s study aims to reach Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

  • COURTESY JAREN WILKEY / BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
                                Brigham Young University graduate student Justina Tavana, standing, greets Pacific Islander participants at a brain health fair in Orem, Utah, where they provide DNA samples and take brain diagnostic tests. As part of the multiyear Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research project, BYU is gathering information about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in populations where there is little data.

    COURTESY JAREN WILKEY / BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

    Brigham Young University graduate student Justina Tavana, standing, greets Pacific Islander participants at a brain health fair in Orem, Utah, where they provide DNA samples and take brain diagnostic tests. As part of the multiyear Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research project, BYU is gathering information about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in populations where there is little data.

  • COURTESY SAM MERRILL / BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY-HAWAII
                                Brigham Young University graduate student Justina Tavana and Brigham Young University-Hawaii President John “Keoni” Kauwe are part of the Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research project.

    COURTESY SAM MERRILL / BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY-HAWAII

    Brigham Young University graduate student Justina Tavana and Brigham Young University-Hawaii President John “Keoni” Kauwe are part of the Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research project.

A pioneering study is underway to better understand the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and other Indigenous populations. Read more

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