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Black Men's Brain Health


During Super Bowl Week | Feb. 9-10, 2022 | Los Angeles, CA

Addressing The Challenges With Brain Health Risks And Resilience In Black Men Ages 18+

About the Conference

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​A key aim of this first-ever conference series is to cultivate a culturally competent workforce committed to addressing Black men’s brain health, cognitive aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (AD/ADRD) research. This research fellowship program is a signature component of this Conference.
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The Black Men’s Brain Health (BMBH) Conference during Super Bowl week aims to convene scientists, practitioners, and community partners to:
  • Raise awareness about brain science research among Black men
  • Create a bridge to scientists, practitioners, & community partners to increase the inclusion of Black men in brain science research and to improve brain health among Black men
  • Cultivate a culturally competent workforce committed to addressing Black men’s brain health, cognitive aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (AD/ADRD) research.

Conference Program

Download the BMBH Conference Program for a detailed agenda, in-depth information on all conference speakers, scholars, and organizers, and more.

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Day 1:

Conference Schedule

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Day 2:

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Conference Recordings

Day 1 Recording

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NFL Alumni Association Research Initiative for Black Male Health

Mr. Josh Andrews, Dr. Robert Turner

Understanding the Health Disparities Research Framework and Implications for Cognitive Resilience

Dr. Carl Hill

Brain Health, AD/ADRDs & Health Disparities in Black Men

Dr. Roland Thorpe

NIA Priorities

Dr. Damali Martin

Panel: Health Disparities Research Framework, Sociocultural Context, & Understanding ADRD Health Disparities 

Dr. Carl Hill, Dr. Monica Rivera-Mindt, Dr. April Thames, Dr. Roland Thorpe

Sports Spotlight Series Part I: "The Fifth Down: Athletes' Reflections on the Pain and Pleasure of Pro Football"

Bucky Brooks, Ken Harvey, Stafon Johnson, Guy Troupe

Sports Spotlight Series Part II: "Journey of Resilience: Real Talk with Women Champions"

Dr. Lauren Brown, Lauren Douglas, Jo Ann Pugh, Dr. Deborah Stroman

Day 2 Recording

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

Dr. Carol Folt, Maria Aranda, Dr. Linda Burton

Local Perspectives on Black Male Brain Health From California

Ms. Tia Delaney, Ms. Edie Yau

Plenary Keynote Speaker: The Role of Social Factors in Brain Health

Dr. April Thames

Black Men's Registry

Dr. Deborah Stroman, Dr. Robert Turner

Community-Based Research Workshop: Recruitment, Retention & Ethical Issues in ADRD Research With Black Men

Dr. Monica Rivera-Mindt, Dr. Roland Thorpe, Rev. Dr. Kelvin Williams

Trauma, Brain Health & Building Social Capital

Dr. Linda Burton

Conducting Life Course Research

Dr. Toni Antonucci

Why your participation matters! The Benefits of Being Part of Research

Dr. Maria Aranda, Dr. Linda Burton, Dr. Robert Turner, Rev. Dr. Kelvin Williams

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USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
U. Cal. Berkeley Social Welfare
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Center of Sport and Business Analytics


UCLA Brain Research Institute
Ana Tomsic
Men's Health Network
Alzheimer's Association


  • Alzheimer's Association
    Partner Statement: ​ The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to partner with the National Institute on Aging and the National Football League Alumni Association to convene the Super Bowl Brain Health Conference. This conference series will provide a forum to advance topics relating to Black men in aging research, including cognitive health, Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. We proudly support this dialogue, which will engage researchers and other interested stakeholders on this important topic.
  • National Institute on Aging
    Partner Statement: ​ The National Institute on Aging is committed to conducting research on health disparities in ADRD. Healthy brain aging is a growing public health concern. Black men, in particular, suffer high rates of biological, psychological, and sociocultural vulnerabilities that could uniquely and substantially increase their AD/ADRD risk. Black males are sorely underrepresented in brain aging research, with participation at only 20-25 % of that of Black females
  • NFL Alumni Association
    Partner Statement: ​ The mission of the NFLAA Mental Health & Wellness Initiative is to put mental health and wellness at the core of supporting former NFL Athletes and their families, by creating an integrated balance between their post-football identity, their community, their peers, and their spirituality. ​ Our goals are to: Optimize human potential Create opportunities for positive mental health Help players transition to life after the game Support former athletes, the communities they come from and the communities they live in Aggregate mental health & wellness information for alumni to access easily Build opportunities for NFLAA members to help others raise their mental health
  • USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
    Partner Statement: The USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging builds upon the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s longstanding tradition of conducting socially relevant research, innovating educational practices, influencing policy making, fostering community-university partnerships and sharing best practices with direct service providers. The USC Roybal Institute maintains a strong interdisciplinary focus, with collaborations among faculty and professionals in such fields as social work, gerontology, psychology, preventive medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, oncology, American studies and ethnicity, and public policy. Its mission is to advance research whose goal is to enhance optimal aging for persons in minority and low-income communities.
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