Why it’s important to have more minority researchers involved in research on diseases of aging

Wanted: More minority researchers on diseases of aging. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

As the population of the U.S. gets older and increasingly diverse, a Northeastern researcher says it is more important than ever to develop lifestyle interventions and supports that will help elderly people from minority communities live healthier lives.

For that to happen, the ranks of researchers on aging need to have more representation from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, says Carmen Sceppa, dean of Northeastern’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

“Not only do we not have the participation of underrepresented, underserved populations in evidence-based research, but when they are participants in the research they are not necessarily feeling engaged or fully involved,” she says.

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