About USC Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (USC AD/ADRD RCMAR)

Welcome to the USC Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, housed under the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. Since its establishment in 2012, this center has been dedicated to advancing the careers of early stage investigators, particularly scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations and women economists who are underrepresented in their discipline.

The center has proudly supported 34 scholars from USC and 14 other institutions, providing them with crucial resources to advance their careers. These resources include and are not limited to pilot project funding, support for conference travel, mentorship, and methods, data and data programming consultations, all aimed at empowering these scholars to achieve independent research careers.

The impact of this program extends nationwide, with alumni collectively securing over $11.2 million in research funding and contributing more than 268 peer-reviewed articles to the field. Many dedicated scientists who have been part of this program have achieved significant academic milestones and fulfilled their individual career aspirations.

At USC AD/ADRD RCMAR, there is a strong commitment to rigorous research investigating the complex pathways through which social, behavioral, environmental and economic factors, along with policies and healthcare systems, influence disparities in the risk of dementia. Additionally, research explores how these factors impact the health, healthcare, and economic well-being of individuals living with dementia.

Funding from the National Institutes of Health, through the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has totaled $9.7 million. The center receives generous financial support from the USC Price School of Public Policy and Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Other participating centers, schools, and institutions include the Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Howard University, Spelman College, Cal State Fullerton, University of Texas Medical Branch, and other NIA-funded centers at USC, including the Roybal Center for Behavioral Interventions of Aging, Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Center for Economic and Sociodemographic Study of AD/ADRD, and USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health.

USC AD/ADRD RCMAR Collaborating Centers Partners

USC AD/ADRD RCMAR Collaborating Centers Partners

USC AD/ADRD RCMAR External Partners

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Spelman College
  • Howard University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession
  • American Economic Association
  • University of California, San Diego

RCMAR National Network

How to Get Involved

There are two ways to get involved with the USC AD/ADRD RCMAR:

Pilots: Pilot projects are led domestic junior scientists conducting research on aging in underrepresented populations. Special interest is given to those doing research Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Related Dementias, and Cognition.

Visiting Scientists: Visiting Scientists are senior scholars looking to collaborate with USC AD/ADRD RCMAR pilot projects and Schaeffer Center fellows to develop new lines of research on health disparities and aging. Priority will be given to visitors associated with RCMARs or our HBCU and HSI partners and leading junior investigators in the field.

How to Apply

Information about applying to be a USC AD/ADRD RCMAR scholar is here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Briana Taylor or call 213-821-7968.