TAMHSC joins Texas Alzheimer’s consortium

February 1, 2013

(AUSTIN, TX) – The Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (TCADRD) has announced that the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) has been elected to full membership and participation in the prestigious Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC).

The TAMHSC will provide expertise in research, care and education that complements existing consortium members – Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“This is a great day for our medical research institution to have a role in the advancement of care and cure for this terrible disease that affects so many Texans,” said Clint P. Hackney, TCADRD vice chair and Texas A&M University alumnus.

TAMHSC faculty currently are studying Alzheimer’s development and working on markers for earlier detection, as well as testing specific drugs to prevent or eliminate the disease. Research also is being done on the impact from lifestyle and the environment, outside of genetics and biology.

“We are pleased to be part of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium and share our knowledge and expertise,” said David S. Carlson, Ph.D., TAMHSC vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “Alzheimer’s not only affects the individual but also puts a tremendous strain on caregivers and our society, and our faculty are committed to finding how to prevent, treat and perhaps even eradicate this devastating disease.”

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