Wednesday, February 10, 2010

African Americans Leading The Way

In honor of Black History Month, the Alzheimer's Association recognizes African-Americans who have helped lead the fight against Alzheimer's. These Champions have furthered research for prevention and a cure; made strides in care and support; and raised awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

Patrick A. Griffith, M.D., F.A.A.N.

Patrick A. Griffith, M.D. is a professor of clinical medicine and the chief of the Division of Neurology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Griffith has worked to understand and improve diagnosis, management and treatment of Alzheimer's within the African-American community. He has studied the benefits of cardiovascular health on cognitive function and the effects of therapies on this population and co-authored a commentary entitled "Perspective on race and ethnicity in Alzheimer's disease."

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