Adult Changes in Thought Study

ACT Events and Seminars

Please consider joining us for our quarterly Life Course Core Seminar Series which features guest speakers on a range of related topics and takes place via Zoom. Links to recordings of seminars are made available for those who cannot attend in real time. 


2023 Seminars

Recording of February 27 seminar: Drs. Jason Flatt and Goleen Samari

Dr. Samari is an expert in the study of race and ethnicity in health, and Dr. Flatt is an expert in the study of cognitive health in the LGBTQIA+ population.  Both helped revise related questions in the ACT interviews.

Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Among LGBTQIA+ Populations

Jason D. Flatt, PhD, MPH (Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, and Jason’s current research works to better understand concerns and needs of diverse LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual as well as additional identities) people living with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and their care providers. Jason also works with several communities on, one of the first registries for LGBTQIA+ people experiencing memory loss or caring for someone with memory loss. Jason’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging; American Federation for Aging Research; Alzheimer’s Association and The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Incorporating Race and Ethnicity into Health Research 

Goleen Samari, PhD, MPH, MA (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.  She is a population health demographer whose research focuses on social inequities and health. She examines how racism, gender inequities, and migration-based inequities shape population and reproductive health both domestically and globally with a particular focus on communities in or from the Middle East and North Africa. She focuses on issues related to immigrant health, women's health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She was the first to draw attention to racialization of religious minorities and Islamophobia as a public health issue. She is also one of a handful of public health researchers examining women's empowerment, gender equity, and reproductive health in the Middle East and North Africa. Her recent work includes a measure of structural xenophobia in the U.S. at the state level, the Immigrant Policy Climate index, that can be leveraged to understand the health implications of exclusionary and inclusive immigration contexts. Her research remains focused on understanding and alleviating intersectional structural determinants of health. Cutting across all her research areas is an interest in the way social science constructs are measured and mixed methods that guide the research process. 

When: February 27, 2023

Time: 12:00-1:00pm PT

Location: Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 667 690 6957

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Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). In her research, she pursues answers to questions in two major realms of human health: (1) the forces that accelerate the aging of the brain and body, and (2) the health effects of being exposed to environmental toxicants. Underlying all of her research is a foundation in epidemiologic methods.

Recording of Jennifer's January 20, 2023 talk entitled, "Causal Inference Primer, Part II"



Our standard presentation offers a helpful overview of the ACT Study. 

Our research partners at the University of Washington also host seminars on Alzheimer’s disease research, which may be of interest.

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference offers the State of the Science on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center