Our Research

We assume a syndemic approach to illness and disease and promote strength-based community-based approaches to research. Because rural populations are also plagued by dementia and diabetes, the Medical Discovery Team will develop interventions and research to meet the challenges of health disparities among people living their lives far from the resources of urban population centers.

Research Focus

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity (MK-MDT), University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, is focused on diabetes and dementia and issues of health equity for Indigenous and rural communities.

Research Areas

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)

Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes as an interactive syndemic

Rural Health Equity