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TPR: Latinos are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s. South Texas researchers want to find out why.

December 28, 2021

Statistical data shows “clustering” of Alzheimer’s cases in specific communities — not spread out evenly like other diseases. To read the full article, visit Texas Public Radio.




Researchers develop a method to detect toxic brain cells; this could be a step toward a new Alzheimer’s treatment

December 10, 2021

Emerging evidence suggests it may be possible to treat Alzheimer’s disease by targeting therapy at senescent cells in the brain. Today (Dec. 10) in the journal Nature Aging, a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Wake Forest School of Medicine reported the first method, based on computational analysis, to […]



UT Health Science Center San Antonio among group tapped by NIH to map senescent ‘zombie’ cells in the body

October 20, 2021

Researchers nationwide, including a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, are embarking on a massive effort to learn the locations and roles of senescent “zombie” cells in humans. The health science center is part of a multi-institution group selected by the National Institutes of Health and the NIH Common […]


‘Dementia Friendly City’ proclamation urges inclusion, support

October 4, 2021

With more than 390,000 Texans age 65 or older living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and expected to increase nearly 30% by 2025, there is a pressing need for inclusive communities that support families touched by the degenerative diseases. San Antonio was the third Texas city to earn the designation “Dementia Friendly City” by having […]


San Antonio Express News: Solving mysteries of the mind: UT Health San Antonio institute, brain bank earns national status

September 16, 2021

The San Antonio Express News covers what the new federal designation as a National Institute on Aging (NIA) Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center brings to the Biggs Institute’s brain bank and the people of Texas as the state’s only designated center of excellence for dementia care and research. Read the article on ExpressNews.com.


San Antonio Express News: A ‘champion’ for dementia patients: San Antonio researcher has dedicated her life to treating Alzheimer’s

September 10, 2021

By Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express News Article shares the personal story of why Sudha Seshadri, MD, founding director of the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, is passionate and hopeful about finding new and better ways to treat and one day cure dementia. Read the article at ExpressNews.com.


Selected as NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

September 9, 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 […]


Forbes: New research shines light on how COVID-19 can damage the brain

July 30, 2021

Forbes interviewed Gabriel A. de Erausquin, MD, PhD, M.Sc., neurologist and researcher at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, regarding his research of adults 60 years and older and their cognitive issues after contracting COVID-19. The study also reviews the connection between loss of smell experienced with COVID-19 and in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. […]


NPR: Doctors worry that memory problems after COVID-19 may set the stage for Alzheimer’s

July 27, 2021

Cassandra Hernandez, 38, contracted COVID-19 and began to experience memory and thinking problems. “I’m a nurse,” said Hernandez. “I work with surgeons and my memory was sharp.” A year after contracting COVID-19, Hernandez is still having problems with her memory. “We were at dinner and I forgot how to use a fork,” she said. Brain […]


Depression, tau deposits seen in subset of middle-aged persons

June 17, 2021

Middle-aged people with depressive symptoms who carry a genetic variation called apolipoprotein (APOE) ε4 may be more at risk to develop tau protein accumulations in the brain’s emotion- and memory-controlling regions, a new study by researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and collaborating institutions suggests. […]