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San Antonio Express-News: We must end the Alzheimer’s tsunami

November 8, 2018

We must end the Alzheimer’s tsunami By Sudha Seshadri, For the Express-News, Nov. 7, 2018   On Nov. 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a joint resolution passed by Congress that designated November 1988 as National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. The resolution referred to the “two and one-half million Americans” affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the $25 […]



TIME: Stressed-Out People May Have Smaller Brains, Study Says

October 24, 2018

  By Jamie Ducharme October 24, 2018   You already know that stress is bad for your health, but according to a new study published in Neurology, it may also be bad for your brain. The new study found that middle-aged adults with the highest levels of cortisol had lower brain volume and cognitive functioning […]




Forbes: Senolytic Therapies Seem to Stop Alzheimer’s Disease In Its Tracks

October 12, 2018

Scientists at the University of Texas have implicated a type of cellular stress for the first time as a player in Alzheimer’s disease. And their discovery could lead to treatments for more than 20 human brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury. One author of the study went as far as to say the […]



San Antonio Express News: Leaders push to make San Antonio a better place for people with dementia

October 5, 2018

When Mary Lou Rodriguez tells people she has Alzheimer’s disease, she has come to anticipate a common response. Often, they will turn to her husband, or her daughter, and talk with them instead. “It’s like all of a sudden, I’m not there,” said Rodriguez, 75. “They stop looking at you. It’s like you become a […]



KSAT 12: Alzheimer’s disease approaching status of health crisis, researchers say

September 5, 2018

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s but now, researchers at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, are working to find warning signs for the disease. Read the full story




Toxic ‘zombie’ cells seen for 1st time in Alzheimer’s

August 27, 2018

A type of cellular stress known to be involved in cancer and aging has now been implicated, for the first time, in Alzheimer’s disease. UT Health San Antonio faculty researchers reported the discovery Aug. 20 in the journal Aging Cell. The team found that the stress, called cellular senescence, is associated with harmful tau protein […]



Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: Tau Tangles Cleared by Senolytic Drugs in Alzheimer’s Mice

August 23, 2018

Tangles of tau protein in the brain constitute a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, but exactly how these tangles exert their toxic effects remains poorly understood. In hopes of untangling tau’s mysteries, scientists based at the UT Health San Antonio delved into postmortem brain tissue from Alzheimer’s patients and generated transcriptomic profiles. These profiles revealed expression […]


Comment about findings of the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project

August 17, 2018

Sudha Seshadri, M.D., professor of neurology at UT Health San Antonio and founding director of the university’s Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, made the following statement about the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project, findings of which were announced Tuesday, Aug. 14. Dr. Seshadri is principal investigator of the research, which was developed jointly by [...]

Abnormal gene copying seen in tauopathy fruit fly models

July 23, 2018

It sounds like science fiction: Nefarious genes clone themselves and settle their rogue copies in distant outposts of the galaxy (namely, our DNA), causing disease. But it’s a real phenomenon, and in research published July 23, scientists at UT Health San Antonio revealed that this genetic copy-and-paste activity is significantly increased in fruit fly models […]


Biggs researcher awarded UT System STARs award

July 9, 2018

Xianlin Han, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Medicine, the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases has received a $300,000 STARs award from the UT System. Dr. Han’s laboratory focuses on lipidomics, a relatively new field of biomedical research which involves complex lipidome […]