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UT Health San Antonio, University Health perform region’s first surgery for Alzheimer’s disease

February 1, 2022

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and clinical partner University Health are among 27 sites worldwide (18 in the U.S., one in Canada and eight in Germany) evaluating the effectiveness of a technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treating patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. DBS is […]

Landmark national study resumes after COVID-enforced pause

January 24, 2022

After a 15-month-long COVID-19 stoppage, a landmark National Institutes of Health effort to detail the exact molecular mechanisms that explain exercise’s health and anti-aging benefits is again under way. The Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) will collect blood, fat and muscle samples before, during and after exercise from around 2,600 volunteers spread across […]

Twenty-Four Seven: A Podcast About Caregiving by TPR

January 4, 2022

The Texas Public Radio podcast,  “Twenty-Four Seven: A Podcast About Caregiving,” presents a thoughtful and helpful tool offering guidance to families and friends with loved ones experiencing dementia. In season one of the podcast, longtime NPR journalist Kitty Eisele explored her experience of becoming a parent to her parent as she became a full-time caregiver for […]

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

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

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 […]