Whitmer lab postdoctoral scholar Kristen George, MPH, PhD presented her work on the Study of Health Aging in African Americans (STAR) which suggested high rates of high blood pressure and diabetes, or a combination of several factors related to heart health, among Black adolescents that appeared associated with worse late-life cognition. This important work both for understanding modifiable risk factors at an earlier age, and for understanding a diverse cohort.
Dr. George's work was highlighted by numerous outlets and included in the official press releases of AAIC.
- AAIC press release: Alzheimer's Risk Factors May Be Measurable in Adolescents and Young Adults
- Alz Forum: Heart Health is Brain Health and It Starts in Your 20s
- Healios: Dementia risk likely measurable among adolescents, young adults