Public invited to free event March 8 for latest updates on dementia research, therapies

Dr. Sudha Seshadri
Sudha Seshadri, MD, founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases

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SAN ANTONIO (March 2, 2023) — The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will present the 2023 South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference Public Event for community members to learn about new therapies and exciting research progress in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Biggs Institute is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The free public event, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at UT Health San Antonio’s Holly Auditorium, will include information about the latest groundbreaking research around the world. The audience will hear directly from the experts leading the discoveries. Bonnie Petrie of Texas Public Radio will moderate an expert panel discussion on “Challenges and New Ways to Prevent, Diagnose and Treat Dementia.”

After the discussion, attendees are invited to meet UT Health San Antonio researchers and health care team experts. “In collaboration with UT Rio Grande Valley, the Biggs Institute is Texas’ only National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, or ADRC,” said Sudha Seshadri, MD, professor of neurology at UT Health San Antonio and Biggs Institute founding director. “This ‘meet the experts time’ is an invaluable opportunity for our community to learn about innovative research at the Biggs Institute and be connected to innovative clinical trials and resources.”

Registration is kindly encouraged to assist event preparation.

Register today for the South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference Public Event.

March 8 public event details:

5 p.m. — Reception begins in the Holly Auditorium.

5:30 p.m. — Panel discussion begins.

Invited experts:

  • Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Hector M. González, PhD, professor of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego
  • David Irwin, MD, co-director of the Frontotemporal Degeneration Center and Lewy Body Dementia Research Center of Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Edward B. Lee, MD, PhD, associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Katya Rascovsky, PhD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mónica Rosselli, PhD, professor of neuropsychology and associate chair of the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University
  • Agustín Ruiz Laza, MD, chief scientific officer of Fundació ACE in Barcelona, Spain
  • Donna M. Wilcock, PhD, associate director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky

6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. — Meet the Experts and Resource Fair in Holly Foyer.

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The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases is dedicated to providing comprehensive dementia care while advancing treatment through clinical trials and research. The Biggs Institute is a National Institute on Aging (NIA)-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). In addition to patient care and research, the Biggs Institute partners with the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio to offer the Caring for the Caregiver program.

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