The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in partnership with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, are bringing expert care to Texas as the state’s only National Institute on Aging (NIA)-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Working together as the South Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the universities will be joining 32 other centers throughout the nation as a designated center of excellence for dementia care and research.
The National Institute of Aging designation was established in 1984 to promote research collaboration, encourage data sharing and open science, and offer information and clinical trials for patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
With this federal designation, the South Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will extend dementia care and resources throughout Texas while pioneering groundbreaking research to find new ways to detect, diagnose, treat and prevent dementia.
The impact of Alzheimer’s in Texas
2nd highest deaths
Texas ranks fourth in the number of Alzheimer’s cases and second in the number of deaths. With this federal designation, we will pioneer groundbreaking and lifesaving research to better serve our community.
50% higher risk
Hispanics and Blacks have a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. As a designated center of excellence we will bring the most up-to-date knowledge and technology to patients and their families throughout Texas.
Transforming dementia care in Texas
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
The RGV AD-RCMAR is committed to enhancing the diversity of the workforce and reducing health disparities among Hispanics in South Texas through advanced research in dementia, and minority aging. By working together, we are building an infrastructure and data collections system to attract and support researchers from multiple disciplines and at different scientific career stages, encouraging them to conduct research aimed at reducing the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at
UT Health San Antonio
The Biggs Institute is dedicated to transforming dementia care. We do this by connecting our patients and their families to comprehensive care, supportive and educational programs and advanced treatments with clinical trials. Our researchers are also working to bring innovative research discoveries into clinical practice, by understanding the risks, predictors, prevention and possible treatments for Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment and related conditions.