About the South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference

Health care professionals and students interested in collaboration and discussion on transformational care, research and therapeutics in Alzheimer’s disease are invited to our annual South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference.

The annual conference is presented by the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association to encourage conversation on the latest research discoveries surrounding dementia.

Research-based discussion and collaboration

Join us for discussions and collaborations with leading experts surrounding:

  • A precision medicine approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of dementia
  • Diversity, equity, and justice in ADRD: Challenges in South Texas and across the globe


Registration for this conference has closed. If interested in only attending to observe (no meals included) please email Norene at casasn@uthscsa.edu for availability.

Meet your 2023 speakers!

Learn more about the speakers and some of the visiting scientists we have at this year’s conference.

Visitor map and parking information

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Schedule of Events

March 8, 2023 | UT Health San Antonio Academic Learning and Teaching Center (ALTC), Room 3.304

8:00am | Check-in opens

Coffee, tea and light pastries available

8:30am | Conference starts

Welcome by:

  • Ihsan M. Salloum, MD, MPH, DLFAPA, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Sudha Seshadri, MD, the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio
  • Gladys Maestre, MD, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

8:45am | First session: Diversity, equity, and justice in ADRD: Challenges in South Texas and across the globe

Keynote Presentation and Q&A on “Dementia research and care: Increasing access for historically disadvantaged populations”- Monica Rivera-Mindt, PhD, ABPP, Fordham University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Keynote Presentation and Q&A on “A culturally informed approach to detection and management of dementia”- Monica Rosselli, PhD, Florida Atlantic University

9:55am | Break

10:10am | ISTAART Global Health Session
Chaired by Maria Carrillo, PhD, the Alzheimer’s Association and Gladys Maestre, MD, PhD

  • “Dementia and Neuro-developmental disorders in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and opportunities”- David M. Ndetei, PhD, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • “Overview of Fundació ACE”- Vanesa Pytel Cordoba, PhD, Fundació ACE, Spain
  • “Clinical value of plasma pTau181 in a real-world cohort of a memory clinic” – Amanda Cano, PhD, Fundació ACE, Spain
  • “Genetics of AD in Argentina and Chile” Maria Carolina Dalmasso, PhD, Hospital El Cruce, Argentina
  • “Dementia in Brazil” Maria Aparecida Camargos Bicalho, MD, MSc, PhD, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • “Genetic studies of Alzheimer´s disease in Colombia” Gonzalo Humberto Arboledo Bustos, MD, MSc, PhD, Universidad Nacional, Colombia

11:30am | Introduction of the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART)

Announcement of ISTAART awards- Maria Carrillo, PhD

ISTAART award talks:

  • “Comorbidity and multimorbidity in HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND): Experience from a tertiary care center in Ethiopia”- Biniyam A. Ayele, MD, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • “Improving the Quality of Training and Scientific Research in Brain Health (including Mental Health) at the University of Buea: The Experience of the BRAIN-UB Collaboration”- Nkouonlack Duqesne Cyrille, MD, University of Buea, Cameroon
  • “Urban and Semi-urban differences in cognitive function among older Congolese adults”- Emmanuel Epenge, MD, Global Brain Health Institute
  • “A population-based investigation of brain changes related to Alzheimer’s disease in young and middle-aged adults in Brazil”- Renata Leite, PhD, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • “Life’s essential 8 and cognitive decline: Findings from the ELSA-Brasil” – Claudia Suemoto, MD, PhD, MSc, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

12:15pm | Networking lunch buffet

1:00pm | Second session: A precision medicine approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of dementia 

Featuring presentations and Q&A on:

  • “Exploring early diagnosis and heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s disease using brain PET” – Kiran K. Solingapuram Sai, PhD, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • “Alzheimer’s Disease risk loci as precision medicine entry points: Targeting rs4985556 locus (Interleukin-34) mechanism of action”- Agustín Ruiz, MD, PhD, Fundació ACE, Spain
  • “Novel Uses of Polygenic Value Estimation for the Study of ADRD”- John Blangero, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • “Comprehensive compassionate care through the dementia continuum”- Mercè Boada, MD, PhD, Fundació ACE, Spain
  • “HIV associated neurodegeneration (HAND)”- Alfred Njamnshi, MD, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon

3:00pm | Inaugural Dr. George D. Case Memorial Lecture “Bringing the microscope to clinic: Improving the diagnosis and treatment of Lewy body dementias”- David J Irwin, MD, University of Pennsylvania

4:00pm | Conference concludes

4:15pm | Group photo

4:30pm | Optional reception at the Holly Foyer

5:30pm | Optional community event at the Holly Auditorium featuring a panel discussion on “”Challenges and new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat dementia.” Separate registration is required. Learn more >>

March 9, 2023 | Poster Session at UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine

7:30am-8:00am | Presenters check-in and put up their posters based on their designated location provided at check-in at the Long Campus Commons Lecture Hall

8:30am-11:30am | Poster session

11:30am | Poster awards

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