Think Science: Dementia in South Texas Recording

Posted on: Monday, June 12th, 2023

“South Texas is about 80% Hispanic. Our city is about 65% Hispanic. Hispanics on average have a 50% higher risk of developing dementia. And unfortunately, the risk is pretty high. If we don’t do anything, if we as a group don’t do anything, one in three of us will develop dementia at some time before we die. And that’s just unacceptable,” said Sudha Seshadri, MD, professor of neurology and founding director of the Biggs Institute, were at the Texas Public Radio and UT Health San Antonio’s Think Science event on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, that focused on dementia in South Texas.

“We know a lot about many diseases that wear on our bodies as we age,” Cone said in the opening remarks. “We know a lot of ways to prevent, to treat, to fight back against things like heart disease and obesity and cancer. But with dementia, there are still so many unknowns out there. That’s what makes it scary for us. Tonight, we’ll be talking about the intersection of brain and body health and learning about the risk factors for stroke, why the Hispanic population has a higher risk for dementia, and what new treatments there are for dementia.”

The evening’s distinguished panelists included Dr. Seshadri and Claudia Satizabal, PhD, assistant professor of population health sciences who leads the institute’s population neuroscience core.

Listen to the expert-led panel discussion on dementia in South Texas at Texas Public Radio at

To read the full article recapping the event, visit the UT Health San Antonio Newsroom.

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