Selected as NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Posted on: Thursday, September 9th, 2021

“Glenn would be so pleased that this prestigious NIH Center of Excellence has been awarded to help the families of our region and the state that he loved.”

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 9, 2021) — The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, working in close collaboration, were announced Sept. 9 as a new National Institute on Aging (NIA)-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

The South Texas partners are joining 32 other centers in the national network, which the NIA established in 1984 to promote research collaboration, encourage data sharing and open science, and offer information and clinical trials for patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and ADRCs are NIH Centers of Excellence. No other Texas institution or consortium is an ADRC currently.

“Texas is the third most populous state in the country, has the second highest number of deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease, and is home to a Mexican American Hispanic population that is among the fastest growing U.S. demographic segments,” said Sudha Seshadri, MD, professor of neurology at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and founding director of its Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. “This federal designation by NIA will be transformational as we seek cures and provide the best possible care, based on the most up-to-date knowledge and technology, to the families of South Texas and throughout our state.”

Read the full article on our UT Health San Antonio Newsroom.

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