Author: University Communications | Category: Of Interest | September 29, 2015
President William Henrich, announced the establishment of South Texas’ first Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease, at the President's Gala.
The institute was supported by $35 million in funds raised primarily from the community and is designed to be a comprehensive care center. It is set to open in 2016 at the Medical Arts & Research Center of UT Medicine San Antonio.
The institute will feature expert diagnostics; physician specialists in Alzheimer’s, related dementias, Parkinson’s and other diseases; support programs for caregivers; and access to clinical trials of new therapies.
By 2025, the number of Americans age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach 7.1 million, a 40 percent increase from today. In Texas, the number of residents with the disease is projected to increase 48.5 percent, from 330,000 in 2014 to 490,000 in 2025. Texas ranks third in the nation (behind California and Florida) in the estimated number of Alzheimer’s cases and second in the number of deaths attributable to the disease.
“As one of America’s leading academic health centers, we must serve our community’s health-related needs,” Dr. Henrich said. “The time is now to focus on new discoveries, treatments and auxiliary services to help those suffering from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.”