The Alzheimer’s Association will host a September 22 listening session at 12 p.m. ET for the New IDEAS (Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) study. Volunteers are being sought to promote the study in African American and Latino communities.

Timonium, Md.-A webinar will be hosted on the New IDEAS (Imaging Dementia— Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) Study on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET, through a LIVE  Zoom link at: https://zoom.us/j/5377822271?pwd=RmZQY1IzVGYrMXkvZ2FseVFpMnlhZz09 at www.ideas-study.org. The New IDEAS Study is led by the Alzheimer’s Association, managed by the  American College of Radiology, and advised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The  Study examines how a *brain amyloid PET scan can help clinicians make earlier and more accurate  diagnoses of Alzheimer’s and other dementia. The goal of the New IDEAS study is to recruit more racially  and ethnically diverse populations than the original IDEAS study. Of the 7,000 nationwide participants in  the study, 2,000 African American and 2,000 Latino participants are sought. The enrollment period is 30  to 36 months. 

Addressing inclusion and equity 

African Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s at twice the rate as Whites, and Latinos are affected at  one and half times the rate. Both communities are historically underrepresented in dementia research.  With more than 15 million Americans projected to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia by 2050, it is  crucial to have an understanding of early detection and diagnosis in underserved populations. The New  

IDEAS study can help improve health equity by making Alzheimer’s research results more relevant across  diverse populations. 

Champion the New IDEAS study in your community 

Community Champions or volunteers are sought throughout Maryland in African American and Latino  communities to encourage participation of eligible candidates. Study findings will help determine better  treatment decisions, determine if a change to the treatment plan is needed and help improve quality of  life. 

Champions help the study team by advocating in African American or Latino communities and providing  information about Alzheimer’s, research, and the New IDEAS study. Champions also partner with  community contacts to distribute material and host educational events. 

To learn more, contact Tammy Jacobs, tammyjac@ad.unc.edu, or call 866-507-7254. 

*FDA-approved brain amyloid PET scan detect amyloid accumulation, one of the hallmark brain changes related to  Alzheimer’s 

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