William Vega, executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a provost professor at USC, is a new member of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) Network Board of Directors, where he will apply his deep knowledge in the areas of population health, gerontology and minority health to advance the organization’s mission to cure Alzheimer’s, the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
Vega will play an essential role in shaping UsAgainstAlzheimer’s work to increase investment in Alzheimer’s research, creating a faster and more diverse clinical trial infrastructure and addressing the disproportionate effect of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on communities of color. “I’m honored to join the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Network board and contribute to its bold mission of addressing our nation’s Alzheimer’s crisis,” Vega said. “I’ve seen the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on vulnerable communities, and we must act strategically and with urgency before more families feel the extraordinary economic and emotional hardship of Alzheimer’s.”
“We are thrilled that Dr. Vega, a trailblazer in the fields of aging, minority health and public health research, will leverage his passion and public health expertise to advance our national commitment to cure Alzheimer’s by 2025,” said UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Co-Founder and Chairman George Vradenburg.