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Raising Awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in New Mexico

Raising Awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in New Mexico

July 26, 2019 – Family members and advocates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIW) are striving to keep the issue in the public and before policy makers.  A lack of data is a major challenge in addressing the issue, but recent research has shown New Mexico has the highest number of MMIW cases in the country. Advocates are working on various levels to address the issue in New Mexico.

Christina Castro, Three Sisters Collective
Cheyenne Antonio, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

For Further Reading/Listening:

Briefing Paper on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, UNM Native American Budget and Policy Study 

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Infographic, UNM Native American Budget and Policy Study

Women Gather at Roundhouse to Honor Murdered, Missing; Demand Action, Navajo Times

Missing, Murdered, But Not Forgotten, Santa Fe New Mexican

Resources for Crime Victims, Native America Calling (5/8/2019)

Vaccine for Alzheimers Is in the Works

Alzheimer's vaccine

June 28, 2019 – There are currently about 5.8 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s expected to more than double to 14 million. In New Mexico, an estimated 41,000 people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s. It’s a devastating illness that robs people of their mental capacity and brings tremendous burdens to families and caregivers. Some studies indicate African Americans and Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to develop Alzheimer’s. It’s also expensive, costing Americans $277 billion in 2018. That could rise to $1 trillion by 2050. But researchers at the University of New Mexico have developed a vaccine that holds the potential to prevent this disease. On this episode, they talk with NMIF correspondent Megan Kamerick about the potential for a new vaccine.


UNM researchers develop vaccine to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s DiseaseKRQE

UNM Researchers Develop Vaccine That Could Protect Against Alzheimer’s – UNM

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Draws CloserMedical News Today

A Vaccine For Alzheimer’s Shows Promise In Human TrialsBeing Patient

What Happens To The Brain In Alzheimer’s Disease – National Institute on Aging

2019 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures – Alzheimer’s Association



Kiran Bhaskar, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UNM

Bryce Chackerian, Professor and Vice Chair, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UNM

Nicole Maphis, Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, UNM