MDT Memory

Advancing the Boundaries of Health Equity Research


Advancing the boundaries of health equity research to create innovative interventions to support healthy aging in Indigenous and Rural populations.

MDT Memory


The mission of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is to support an environment of Team Science to conduct community-based participatory action research on dementia in Indigenous and rural communities with the aim of achieving health equity.

Interdisciplinary Team Science to Address Rural and Indigenous Health Disparities

The origin of the name, Memory Keepers” Medical Discovery Team is significant. In many Indigenous cultures, respected adults and elders are responsible for preserving sacred medicine bundles, songs and stories. In this spirit, the research we undertake to preserve brain health will enable American Indian and rural communities to continue to benefit from the wisdom of their older adults and elders far into the future.

Interested in becoming an affiliate or working with us? Please email memorykeepers@d.umn.edu

We are a proud member of the University of Minnesota Consortium on Aging.

MDT Memory

About us

We are focused on cognitive health and aging in rural and Indigenous communities.

MDT Memory


Foundational research and innovative culturally relevant interventions to meet the challenges of health disparities among people living their lives far from the resources of urban population centers.

MDT Memory

Our Team

Meet our team of faculty investigators and researchers working to preserve brain health through collaborative, community-based participatory research.