Columbus Memory Center holds town hall on representation in clinical trials

Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 11:16 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Memory Center hosted its first town hall discussion to address racial inequality in medical research on Friday.

Dr. Jonathan Liss and Dr. Fayron Epps say minorities are seriously underrepresented in research on illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

They say mistrust of the healthcare system is one reason why the numbers are not where researchers would like them to be.

“I was actually hearing from black caregivers and what they’re going through every day when they’re trying to get help for that family member or friend that they’re concerned or getting help for themselves and how they’re being dismissed,” said Dr. Epps.

“The group of young people that develop this very frequently are people with down syndrome. Down syndrome sufferers will often get it in their 20′s,” added Dr. Liss.

They say it’s important that people participate in clinical research to help find cures for themselves and their children and assure all ethnic groups are represented fairly in research results.

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