Questions about Alzheimer’s? The community is invited to talk to experts for free

The community is invited to hear the latest discoveries in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia from world-renowned experts who will gather at UT Health San Antonio this month.

The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, presents the South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference Public Event.

The free event will be on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at UT Health San Antonio’s Holly Auditorium located at 7703 Floyd Curl Dr.

International speakers will take part in a panel discussion called “New Hope for Treating and Preventing Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Discoveries from Around the World” moderated by David Martin Davies from Texas Public Radio’s “The Source”.

“We have invited researchers from South America and Spain, as well as from South Texas, to discuss populations that have some similar genes as well as some different genes,” said Sudha Seshadri, M.D., professor of neurology at UT Health San Antonio and founding director of the Biggs Institute. “In South America and South Texas, there is a mix of native American ancestry, and in Spain, it’s more the original Spanish ancestry. We want to pool data across these different samples to better identify the unique biology.”

After the panel, attendees will be able to meet and talk with the experts to learn about dementia care and research. They will also get to learn more about clinical trials and talk to clinical team members leading the trials.

The Biggs Institute is a key U.S. center for enrolling Hispanics into clinical trials, and everyone, including Hispanics, can benefit from the institute’s clinical trials program.

“We have trials for prevention, trials for people with mild cognitive impairment and trials for people with advanced disease,” Dr. Seshadri said.

Attendees will get to hear about the latest discoveries from the region’s first brain bank and learn what this research means for the future of dementia care. Information about local resources and social events for individuals with dementia and their caregivers will also be shared.

Registration is required and is free. Parking is also free. Handicapped parking and shuttle transportation from the parking lot to the event will be available.

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