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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 […]


TPR: Science & Medicine: Brain healthy diets

October 21, 2023

  Debora Melo van Lent, PhD, nutrition scientist and epidemiologist at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, shares the latest discoveries from research studies focused on diets that might slow brain aging and our risks for developing dementia. To listen to the podcast or read the article, visit […]


Using AI to diagnose brain disease in seconds

August 8, 2023

Stroke has occurred several times in your family. Aunt Mary suffered hers at the dinner table on a holiday. The fork she was holding fell to the table. Grandmother Sadie’s happened during her last years when you were away at college. Her thinking was never sharp again. Yes, your family history includes stroke and dementia […]



UT Health Science Center San Antonio recognized as Parkinson’s Foundation Comprehensive Care Center

July 26, 2023

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) has been designated a Parkinson’s Foundation Comprehensive Care Center, the first of its kind in the state of Texas. The Parkinson’s Foundation announced the expansion of its Global Care Network with the addition of four Centers of Excellence and four Comprehensive Care […]



San Antonio Woman: Sudha Seshadri, MD, Stands at the Forefront of Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment

July 19, 2023

In San Antonio Woman magazine, Sudha Seshadri, MD, founding director of the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, shares what ignited her passion for studying the complexities of neurodegenerative diseases. Read the article at SAWoman.com.  


Think Science: Dementia in South Texas Recording

June 12, 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 […]