Our Research

We promote strength-based, culturally grounded community-based participatory approaches to research. To address dementia and brain health inequity in Rural and Indigenous populations, the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity will conduct foundational socio-cultural and population health research and develop interventions to meet the challenges and needs of rural and Indigenous people living their lives far from the resources of urban population centers.

Research Focus

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, is focused on cognitive degeneration and brain health for Indigenous and rural communities. Research areas include Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias; Culturally Appropriate Brain Health Education and Resources; Culturally Appropriate Clinical Care and Culturally Appropriate Models of Caregiving. MK-MDT faculty also collaborate with other University of Minnesota faculty and researchers to address dementia disparities across the lifespan and across the disease trajectory drawing on both biomedical and social science knowledge.

Research Areas

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)

Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes as an interactive syndemic

Rural Health Equity