June 10, 2020

Celebrate Memory Sunday - June 14th

It’s Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and on June 14th we will be celebrating Memory Sunday across New England! This annual event raises awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on African American communities.

On Memory Sunday, African American congregations utilize the pulpit to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia, risk reduction, the importance of early diagnosis and caregiver support.

MADRC is collaborating with multiple organizations to produce, and provide resources for, this important event. For more information visit:

Memory Sunday is an initiative of The National Brain Health Center for African-Americans, a program of The Balm In Gilead.


June 9, 2020

Virtual Aging & Memory Loss Road Map Education Series

Spread the word! MADRC is excited to announce that we are bringing our Aging & Memory Loss Road Map Education Series online! Launched in 2019, The Road Map Series is designed to support patients and families concerned with memory and thinking issues. Each session will explore a different topic and provide valuable tools and resources for attendees. This online series is co-sponsored by the Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation. 

Registration is now open via Eventbrite here:

Registrants will receive a link for the online presentation approximately two days prior to each event. For more information contact Nancy Coppelman:



June 1, 2020

Statement on Racial Injustice

The staff of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC), the Harvard Aging Brain Study, and the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment are fully committed to racial and social justice. We value ALL people and strive every day to help bridge the gap of inequity in healthcare and research.

MADRC’s work is informed by collaboration with a number of organizations that focus on serving specific communities such as African Americans and Latinos. We value our discussions with the leaders of these groups as they provide valuable perspectives to incorporate into our community outreach and education programs.

The horrific, violent crimes in Minnesota, Georgia and elsewhere recently against Black people, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, underscore the fact that there is much more work to be done to combat racism and inequity across the country and here in our own community. We continue to stand with the members of the Black community as we work toward change and combat hatred.

June 1, 2020

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Today begins Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month! Throughout June MADRC will share resources and information to support those who are facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We will also highlight some activities that research has shown may reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Check out the attached calendar and give some of them a try! For more information about MADRC research studies:

May 28, 2020

Spanish Language COVID-19 Video Update Series

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Mass General Hospital, has launched a Spanish language video series which will be shared each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The series is designed to keep the Spanish-speaking community up to date on the latest and most important #COVID19 information:   For information about research studies for Latinos, visit:

May 20, 2020

Clinical Trials Awareness Day

May 20th is Clinical Trials Awareness Day! Many experts believe Alzheimer’s research is nearing a breakthrough, and Alzheimer’s scientists are working hard to keep up the momentum towards a cure despite COVID-19. Diversity is essential to our studies. To find a cure that works for everyone with Alzheimer’s, we need a diverse group of participants in clinical trials. Despite being disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s, African Americans and Hispanics make up less than 10% of Alzheimer’s clinical trial volunteers. We need people of color to join clinical trials! If you are over age 50 the best way to support local Alzheimer’s researchers is to join the APT Webstudy:




May 19, 2020

Webinar: Ensuring Equity in the Response to COVID-19

Join Mass General Brigham for a webinar: Ensuring Equity in the Response to COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19th from 12-1:30pm EST. Hospital leaders will discuss the key initiatives that were developed across our health care system and the important lessons learned. The webinar is open to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. To access the webinar: