Perspective on race and ethnicity in Alzheimer's disease research

Myron F. Weiner

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There are adequate scientific, public health, and ethical justifications for studying Alzheimer's disease (AD) in persons of varying race and ethnicity, but to be meaningful variables, race and ethnicity must be examined in context. The complex interactions between race, ethnicity, lifestyle, and environmental factors, such as climate and diet, require that future studies of AD in specific racial or ethnic groups attend to measures of racial/ethnic homogeneity and the assessment of the environment and the elements that comprise the ethnicity of groups under study. Instead of arbitrarily selecting specific racial or ethnic groups in the hope of finding important differences, it may be in the long run less costly and more efficient to recruit families with highly positive (or negative) family histories, to search within these groups for possible racial or ethnic differences, and to investigate the possible racial or ethnic reasons for those differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-238
Number of pages6
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Ethnicity
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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