The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) is the collaborative effort between University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. The Center is based on the campuses of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. MCCFAD is one of the Alzheimer’s disease-focused Centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) and it is funded by the National Institute on Aging. MCCFAD aims to foster and enhance innovative research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) with long term goals to:
- Advance ADRD-relevant social and behavioral science research in underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Diversify the research workforce dedicated to healthy aging.
The Center aims to achieve those goals by:
- Advancing ADRD-relevant disparities research in epidemiology, health economics and culturally-sensitive care.
- Recruiting and mentoring 15 Research Scientists from the Alzheimer’s sector of the Resource Centers for Minority Aging through professional publications and independent research applications and funding.
- Connecting with African American, Arab American and Latino communities to broaden understanding of intra- and inter-cultural factors affecting participation in ADRD research.
Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through four interacting components: the Administrative Core, the Research and Educational Core, the Analytic Core, and the Community Liason and Recruitment Core.
The MCCFAD is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) grant P30AG059300.
Dr. Kristine Ajrouch
Community Liaison and Recruitment Core Lead
Dr. Toni Antonucci
Research and Education Core Lead
Administrative Core Co-Lead
Dr. Laura Zahodne
Research and Education Core Co-Lead
Analytic Core Co-Lead
Dr. Irving Vega
Dr. Noah Webster
Analytic Core Co-Lead
Dr. Richard Gonzalez
Analytic Core Lead
Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
426 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106