$2.3 million grant to help diagnose Alzheimer’s, other diseases

The new John L. Santikos CT and Nuclear Medicine Suite is in the Medical Arts & Research Center of UT Medicine San Antonio.

The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, on Nov. 1 announced a three-year, $2.3 million grant to UT Health San Antonio for high-powered radiological equipment to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related conditions.

The new John L. Santikos CT and Nuclear Medicine Suite is a major building block in the Health Science Center’s drive to establish the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Diseases, the first comprehensive center of its kind in San Antonio and South Texas.

The Biggs Institute, named for the late San Antonio community supporter Glenn Biggs, will feature expert diagnostics; physician specialists in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases; support programs for caregivers; and access to clinical trials of new therapies. The Santikos Suite will include high-powered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and state-of-the-art nuclear medicine systems called SPECT-CT and PET-CT.

“We are deeply grateful for the $2.3 million gift provided by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation for specialized, high-powered radiological equipment,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. “This equipment will substantially enhance our ability to accurately diagnose and care for seniors in our community who suffer from age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

More than 55,000 patients and families in South Texas are living with these irreversible conditions. “The gift from the John L. Santikos Foundation will have a profound impact and bring new hope for patients by supporting leading-edge clinical care, innovative medical research and access to cutting-edge clinical trials that will lead to the cures of tomorrow,” Dr. Henrich said.

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