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You can contribute to life-saving dementia research at your next routine clinical appointment

Our researchers are expanding the understanding of dementia and other age-related diseases by learning how biological and environmental factors may influence a person’s health and aging. Your donation will allow our researchers to access a library of samples when they need information to complete research studies- helping us save resources on needing to recruit for volunteers for each research study.

Donating to life-saving dementia research is convenient and safe

Our researchers need biological samples like blood, saliva and tissue. As a volunteer, you will only provide these samples at the same time you are providing samples for a medical evaluation.

If there are any samples you do not feel comfortable providing, simply inform us of your wishes and the sample will not be taken.

Your name, address, phone number and any other identifying information will not be used. We will only be able to identify samples with a barcode number.

How to donate

1. Notify our clinical team of your wishes to donate and complete a consent form.

2. After signing up, you may be asked to provide a blood and/or saliva sample.

3. Samples will then only be collected if they are also being collected for another purpose during a clinic or research study appointment.

After some donations, you may be contacted by a member of our clinical team to provide information on your demographic and medical history.


If you are interested in powering dementia research through our bio sample donation program or need additional information, we are here to help.

Contact Amy Saklad, Director of Research Operations, at 210-567-8229 or saklada@uthscsa.edu.

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