UNT Earns NIH Grant of $600,000 in Partnership with Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium

The UNT Health Science Center is one of five partners in the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) that is working to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s.

Last year, TARCC researchers, led by Sid O’Bryant, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, announced progress on a blood test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. The blood test, which measures concentrations of key blood proteins, is not available to the public yet.

To continue this work, O’Bryant and his research team at UNTHSC received a two-year National Institutes of Health grant exceeding $600,000. This project will be the first to compare a blood-based screen against autopsy findings.

This work will also lead to new clinical trials aimed at treating as well as preventing the disease. The data and biological samples gathered are a key resource for several research projects across the state.

Other partners include the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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