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The New York Times: How Poor Sleep Affects Your Risk of Dementia

July 15, 2024

Sudha Seshadri, MD, the founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, speaks to The New York Times on sleep and cognitive issues. Read the article at NYTimes.com.


Texas Public Radio: New Alzheimer’s drug will be available to San Antonio patients but is not suitable for all

July 12, 2024

The Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio will soon offer Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment patients the new FDA-approved medication, donanemab, to slow cognitive decline. However, the cost and the drug being administered intravenously means it may not be easily accessible for all patients. Sudha Seshadri, MD, director of […]


San Antonio Express News: UT Health San Antonio plans $100 million research tower to focus on cancer, aging, diabetes, obesity

June 11, 2024

UT Health San Antonio to build a $100 million science tower to further advance research on cancer, aging, brain disease, diabetes and obesity. Read the article at ExpressNews.com.



Texas Public Radio: Fighting Alzheimer’s at the eye doctor

April 2, 2024

Margaret Flanagan, MD, is a neuropathologist at the Biggs Institute — an expert in brain tissue and how it changes in the presence of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Dr. Flanagan is working on a test to help detect dementia early at the eye doctor’s office. Listen here to learn more: Science & Medicine: Fighting Alzheimer’s at the […]




UT Health San Antonio doctors among first to implant rechargeable deep brain stimulation device

February 16, 2024

Doctors at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) are among the nation’s first to implant a newly approved sensing rechargeable deep brain stimulation device with a 15-year battery life allowing more continual treatment of patients with movement disorders. Deep brain stimulation, known as DBS, is the placement […]



KSAT: Brain thinning could predict dementia 5 to 10 years before symptoms, local study shows

January 30, 2024

Through a decade’s worth of findings, researchers at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio are discovering a connection between the thickness of brain tissue to dementia risks. Claudia Satizabal, PhD, associate professor at the Biggs Institute and lead researcher on this study, said duplicating this marker could be […]



TPR: Science & Medicine: Alzheimer’s and the inflammatory trigger

December 20, 2023

  Bess Frost, PhD, an associate professor in Cell Systems and Anatomy, and her team recently discovered that an inflammatory trigger, like one present during viral infections, is elevated in Alzheimer’s — but this inflammatory trigger isn’t from our time. To listen to the podcast or read the article, visit TPR.org.




TPR: Science & Medicine: The Brain Bank

November 20, 2023

  Brain donations provide families with answers and closure while providing key resources for research, said Kevin Bieniek, PhD, director of the Brain Bank at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. To listen to the podcast or read the article, visit TPR.org.




TPR: Science & Medicine: Omega 3 fatty acids to fight Alzheimer’s

November 5, 2023

  People in their 40s and 50s may be able to fight Alzheimer’s disease with Omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish and fish oils, according to Claudia Satizabal, Ph.D, assistant professor of population health sciences with the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio. To listen to the […]




TPR: Science & Medicine: Using AI for brain health diagnoses

October 29, 2023

  Artificial intelligence may be somewhat unsettling, but it also has the potential to improve and even save lives, according to Mohamad Habes, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and director of the neuroimaging core at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. To listen to the podcast or […]