Congratulations to alumnus JASON FLATT (BCHS '13), recipient of a KL2 award for career development from University of California - San Francisco. Flatt is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing's Institute for Health and Aging, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also affiliated with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, UCSF Pepper Center, and UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care.
The focus of hisresearch has been on aging health disparities and dementia risk and prevention. Specifically, he has shown that older minorities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to engage in adverse health behaviors (tobacco use and physical inactivity) and experience health disparities, such as higher rates of mental health problems, social isolation, cognitive impairment, and falls. He has also studied the role of risk and protective factors in dementia, including PTSD, sleep disorders, and how participating in social activities and having larger social networks are associated with a decreased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Flatt's current research brings these two areas of research together to better understand risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among older sexual and gender minorities (SGM). Currently, nothing is known about the epidemiology and risk of ADRD in SGM older adults without HIV/AIDS. By 2030, there will be nearly 6 million SGM older adults (aged 60 and older) in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Understanding the risk for ADRD in SGM older adults is critical to defining the burden and developing targeted preventive strategies. This work could also lead to improved screenings and treatments, and better targeting of culturally relevant interventions to prevent and reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease in SGM populations.
The KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Award is a three-year program that supports the research career development of health professionals or individuals with research doctoral degrees who wish to pursue formal training and a career in clinical and translational research.
Catch up on Flatt's work at http://profiles.ucsf.edu/jason.flatt.