PRESS RELEASE: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO CONVENE IN TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER

BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO CONVENE IN TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER TO LEARN ABOUT THE STATE OF ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH

Members of the US Congress to Receive Research Update and Lab Tour

Media Contact:
Alzheimer’s Association – JJ Lassberg, 713.314.1320 | jjlassberg@alz.org
Neurological Research Institute at TCH – Christy Brunton, 832.824.2645 | clbrunto@texaschildrens.org
Baylor College of Medicine – Graciela M. Gutierrez, 713.798.4710 | ggutierr@bcm.edu

Houston, TX (August 10, 2017) – To share the strides being made in Alzheimer’s research in the Texas Medical Center, the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter announces its second annual Alzheimer’s Research Congressional Update.

This event is in partnership with the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Co-hosting the event will be members of Congress: Pete Olson (R-TX 22nd District), Gene Green (D-TX 29th District), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX 18th District) and Brian Babin (R-TX 36th District).

Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. Without medical breakthroughs, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Research is the only option to one day prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s.

“With Alzheimer’s disease being the 6th leading cause of death nationwide and affecting over 350,000 Texans, an opportunity to learn about and understand dementia is not only important to myself but more so to my many constituents who are living with this disease. Houston is a hotbed of academic and scientific research. Institutions such as the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine are leading the way toward a world without Alzheimer’s” said Congressman Pete Olson.

The Alzheimer’s Association will present an overview of current Alzheimer’s research, including the latest developments released at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). Following the research update, members of Congress will tour the lab of Dr. Joshua Shulman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neuroscience at Baylor and the NRI. Shulman’s research focuses on genetic investigation in human subjects and model organisms, with the goal of understanding brain function, aging and improving the treatment of neurologic disease.

Dr. Shulman is a past recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program and currently mentors Dr. Shamsideen Ojelade who is a current recipient of an Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity. Ojelade recently presented his research at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.

“Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate based on political affiliation; if you have a brain, you are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s” says Richard Elbein, CEO, Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. “The Alzheimer’s Association is thrilled to partner with the Jan & Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute along with our Representatives to raise critical awareness in D.C. about Alzheimer’s disease and the need for increased research funding.”

The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter serves 37 counties and offers a 24/7 helpline. To learn more about the Houston Chapter or to donate, call 1.800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/texas.

What: Alzheimer’s Research Congressional Update II

Date: August 22, 2017

Time: Program begins at 1:00 p.m.; Media availability at 2:30 p.m.

Location: Jan & Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, 1250 Moursund St, Houston, TX 77030

Who: Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter, Texas Children’s Hospital & Baylor College of Medicine Jan & Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Congressman Pete Olson, Congressman Gene Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Congressman Brian Babin, and other members of Congress

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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children’s Pediatrics; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

About Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health sciences center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked 21st among medical schools for research and 8th for primary care by U.S. News & World Report. Baylor is listed 19th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding and number one in Texas. Located in the Texas Medical Center, Baylor has affiliations with seven teaching hospitals and jointly owns and operates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health. Currently, Baylor trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant and orthotics students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. Follow Baylor College of Medicine on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BaylorCollegeOfMedicine) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/BCMHouston).

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.