In honor of Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes African-Americans who have helped lead the fight against Alzheimer’s. These Champions have furthered research for prevention and a cure; made strides in care and support; and raised awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Goldie Byrd is the Nathan F. Simms Endowed professor of biology at North Carolina A&T State University, where she served as chair of biology for six years. She is also an adjunct professor of genetics at Duke. Dr. Byrd partners with colleagues at the University of Miami, Vanderbilt and Columbia to understand the genetic epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans. Dr. Byrd has also been published extensively and presented her findings on African-American incentives and barriers to research participation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2009 (ICAD) in Vienna, Austria.