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Latinos, the numerically largest and fastest growing segment of the US population, suffer disparities in risk factors for cognitive decline, disease burden, caregiver distress, and access / quality of healthcare for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
The mission of the Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC), one of seven Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) nationwide, is to reduce disparities in cognitive health, impairment, related healthcare services and caregiving in older Latinos and their families. LARRC is the only RCMAR to specifically focus on Latinos and cognitive health.
LARRC is an interdisciplinary collaborative group with faculty at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and UC Davis main campus as well as a regional academic network (Partners in Latino Aging Research) that includes California State University Sacramento, UCSF Fresno, and UC Merced.
LARRC will accomplish its mission by:
- Enhancing the capacity, size, and diversity of the research workforce and promoting careers in minority aging research by strategic outreach, sustained mentoring, and pilot grants to LARRC Scholars.
- Increasing knowledge in cognitive health and impairment for older Latinos through interdisciplinary research and training in measurement, mechanisms, and interventions.
- Advancing the science of recruitment and retention of older Latinos related to cognitive health and related healthcare services.
- Conducting community engagement, community-engaged research, and dissemination to older Latinos and their care providers.
Four organizational units, or cores, carry out LARRC’s specific activities in an integrated and collaborative fashion: Administrative Core, Investigator Development Core, Analysis Core and Community Liaison Core.