People residing in low-resource settings suffer a higher burden of Alzheimer´s disease and related dementias
(ADRD). This is due not only to higher prevalence of ADRD and lower support for its caregivers and families,
but also due to a significant knowledge gap about ADRD in diverse US populations residing in low-resource
settings and populations that reside in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The objective of the
proposed project is to plan, organize and conduct an international scientific meeting, to foster and create a
collaborative effort to share data and knowledge on risk, protective factors, and study designs taking
advantage of the advances in the –OMICS and analyze the ADRD situation in low-resource settings and
LMICs, and define important questions that will accelerate minority aging research in the US and abroad.
The 3-day International Symposium on Brain Aging & Dementia in Low-Resource Settings and LMICs will be
held in Nairobi, Kenya, a central geographic location that will facilitate attendance of researchers from the
developing world, particularly Africa. It will build upon expertise and initiatives developed during its 4 prior
editions and will similarly include expert speakers from diverse impacted and concerned nations, including
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, DR Congo, France, India, Bangladesh, Japan, Kenya, Morocco,
Nigeria, New Zealand, Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia, UK, US, Venezuela.
For the conference, we will leverage resources of UTRGV Alzheimer´s Disease Resource Center for Minority
Aging (AD-RCMAR), led by PI Gladys Maestre, and the global field leadership of Dr. Rajesh Kalaria, and Dr.
María Carrillo from the US-based Alzheimer´s Association. The Specific Aims are to: 1. Prepare the scientific
program of the International Symposium on Brain Aging & Dementia in Low-Resource Settings and LMICs. 2
Hold the conference in Nairobi, Kenya, a globally central hub city and hotel venue within reach and travel for
invited speakers, other foreign delegates, and local participants, and readily accessible to others online.
3. In topic-focused, online-accessible interactive panels/sessions, identify how new research and healthcare
projects or follow-up of existing/prior ones can be enhanced or expanded to improve research and
implementation of actions identified as high-priority needs in diverse aging populations in low-resource settings
to decrease the burden of ADRD. 4. Promote careers in minority aging research focused on ADRD in low-
resource settings, by direct mentoring and active engagement of junior researchers and providing networking
opportunities, and forge domestic and international partnerships to leverage complementary researchers’ and
agencies’ interests and strengths. 5. Produce and disseminate a detailed meta-analysis and/or consensus
report based on conference proceedings and participants' input on the status of factors influencing dementia
prevalence/incidence and strategies for prevention and improving care and support, via a peer-reviewed
published paper, a series of 4 videoconferences, and the 2021 Alzheimer´s Disease Facts & Figures Report.