While multiple sclerosis affects all races and ethnicities, minority populations may bear an unequal burden from the disease, including a higher risk of aggressive disease and disability. However, minority populations are severely underrepresented in scientific research. In fact, recent studies show that African Americans make up more than 13 percent of the U.S. population but only 5 percent of clinical trial participants and Hispanics, who make up 16 percent of the population account for only 1 percent of research participants.
To help raise awareness about this issue and address the misconceptions people often have about research participation in MS, MSAA and Accelerated Cure Project (ACP) invite you to attend this free, one-hour webinar. During this program, MS expert neurologist Mitzi Joi Williams, MD will address the role research plays in improving the health and well-being of people affected by MS, and the reasons why research participation from minority populations is needed to develop treatments for all affected by the disease.
Following the presentation, participants are encouraged to ask their questions to Dr. Williams via a live chat feature on the webinar platform. This program is made possible through educational grants from Genentech and Biogen.