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

Media contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579, [email protected]

SAN ANTONIO (March 2, 2023) – The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting the 2023 South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference public event for community members to learn about new therapies and exciting research advances 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, scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 from 5-7 p.m. at UT Health San Antonio’s Holly Auditorium, will feature information on the latest breakthrough research from around the world. The audience hears directly from the experts leading the discoveries. Texas Public Radio’s Bonnie Petrie will moderate an expert panel discussion “Challenges and new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat dementia.”

After the discussion, attendees are invited to meet with researchers from UT Health San Antonio and healthcare team experts. “In partnership with UT Rio Grande Valley, the Biggs Institute is the only National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) in Texas,” said Dr. Sudha Seshadri, Professor of Neurology at UT Health San Antonio and Founding Director of the Biggs Institute. “This Meet the Experts Time is an invaluable opportunity for our community to learn more about innovative research at the Biggs Institute and connect with innovative clinical trials and resources.”

Registration is recommended to support the preparation of the event.

Register today for the South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference public event.

Details of the March 8 public event:

17 o’clock — The reception begins in the Holly Auditorium.

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17:30 — Panel discussion begins.

Invited experts:

  • Maria Carrillo, PhD, Scientific Director of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Hector M. González, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience 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 Vice Chair of the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University
  • Agustín Ruiz Laza, MD, Scientific Director 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. – 7:00 p.m — Meet the Expert and Resource Fair in the Holly Foyer.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), a $44.1 billion prime mover for San Antonio’s health and life sciences sector, is the largest academic research organization in South Texas with a $360 million annual research portfolio. UT Health San Antonio, which is making significant economic impact with its six vocational schools, a diverse workforce of 7,900, an annual operating budget of $1.08 billion and clinical practices that facilitate 2.6 million patient visits each year, plans to do more to add more than 1,500 higher-paying jobs over the next five years to serve San Antonio, Bexar County and South Texas. To learn more about the many possibilities of We make lives better®, visit

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The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases is dedicated to providing comprehensive dementia care while improving 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 collaborates with the nursing school at UT Health San Antonio to offer those care of the caregiver Program.

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