Texas Public Radio: UT Health receives $15M to conduct San Antonio’s new Heart and Mind study

August 11, 2023

UT Health San Antonio announces receiving a $15.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue a study conducted from 1979 to 2006. Claudia Satizabal, PhD, the study’s principal investigator at the university’s Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, noted that the original study’s participants “returned for follow-up visits, which means we […]

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 […]

AARP: Constantly Constipated? It Could Be Bad for Your Brain

July 21, 2023

Yannick Wadop, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, shares his findings as the lead researcher in this new study exploring the connection between gut health and brain health. Dr. Wadop states this research suggests “manipulating or monitoring the abundance of bacteria with neuroprotective effects […]

Brain stimulation gives Parkinson’s patient new lease on life

June 23, 2023

At 77 years old, Carl McLain appears to be the picture of health. His half smile and twinkling eyes hint at a mischievous sense of humor. But eight years ago, he was far from feeling healthy. Mysterious symptoms such as pain in his legs, depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping led him to see one specialist […]

HCP Live: Advanced Brain Aging Observed in Older Type 1 Diabetes Patients Compared to Those Without

June 7, 2023

  Mohamad Habes, PhD, from the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, discusses his new research on type 1 diabetes and observed advanced brain aging. To read the article, visit HCPLive. com.

CNN: Genetic predisposition toward higher blood pressure, cholesterol may be linked to Alzheimer’s risk, study finds

May 18, 2023

Sudha Seshadri, MD, director of the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, was interviewed by CNN on a research study showing certain forms of higher blood pressure and cholesterol with a genetic link could be related to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. To read the full article, visit

Keeping a tighter rein on blood pressure in adults over 50 is desirable for brain health

April 22, 2023

Participants whose hypertension was more intensively managed had fewer lesions in the brain’s white matter Intensive blood pressure treatment significantly reduces the risk of adverse cerebrovascular events such as stroke. New research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) shows evidence of how the brain benefits from […]

Texas Public Radio: San Antonio researchers revive 1979 Heart and Mind Study

March 15, 2023

What began as a heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis study, the Framingham Heart Study from its 1948 launch, ultimately broadened into explorations of many topics. Dementia studies using Framingham data began in the 1970s. Meanwhile, beginning in 1979, another study, the San Antonio Heart Study, blazed the trail in enrolling Hispanic participants. In this Petrie […]

UT Health San Antonio scientists tie obesity to Alzheimer’s-related genes

February 22, 2023

Obesity in midlife and in women most closely linked to dementia. In a new study, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) link obesity with 21 Alzheimer’s disease-related genes, providing a potential mechanistic explanation for why Alzheimer’s is sometimes more frequent among adults who experienced obesity […]

US News: 21 Genes Could Link Midlife Obesity & Alzheimer’s Risk

February 22, 2023

US News and Report features the new research study findings of Claudia Satizabal, PhD, and Sudha Seshadri, MD, of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio. The study reviews the connection between obesity and Alzheimer’s disease-related genes. To read the article, visit