THE ALZHEIMER???S ASSOCIATION-HOUSTON & SOUTHEAST TEXAS CHAPTER,??UTHEALTH, AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CO-HOSTED FIRST EVER ALZHEIMER???S RESEARCH CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE ON??AUGUST 3, 2016
Congressmen Received Research Update and Tour Lab
Houston, TX (August 8, 2016) ?????A bipartisan delegation of Texas Democratic and Republican congressmen?? convened to learn about the state of Alzheimer???s research.?? Though the incurable disease affects 5.4 million Americans, research into Alzheimer???s disease is disproportionately underfunded compared to??that of??heart disease and cancer.
On??August 3, 2016, the Alzheimer???s Association- Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter??together with??The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth),??partnered with Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX 2nd??District),??Gene Green (D-TX 29th District), Al Green (D-TX 9th??District) and Pete Olson (R-TX 22nd??District) to host an Alzheimer???s Research Congressional Update (ARCU).
“Knowing that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects more than 350,000 Texans, it is clear that Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis and we need to treat it like one.?? Houston is fortunate to have academic??institutions??such as UTHealth leading the way toward a world without Alzheimer’s,” said Congressman Al Green.
Dr. Keith Fargo, the Director of Scientific Programs & Outreach for the Alzheimer???s Association, presented an overview of current Alzheimer???s research, including the latest developments released at the July Alzheimer???s Association International Conference. ??Following??the research update, the congressmen and congresswomen toured the lab of Drs. Claudio Soto, Ines Moreno-Gonzalez, and Rodrigo Morales at the George and Cynthia W. Mitchell Center for Alzheimer???s Disease and Other Brain Related Illnesses at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.?? The scientists??? research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of Alzheimer???s disease as well as the development of innovative ways for early diagnosis and treatment.
Both Drs. Moreno-Gonzalez and Morales are recent recipients of Alzheimer???s Association grants. ??The Association is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research and currently funds $80 million in research worldwide.
???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 of the Alzheimer???s Association-Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.?? ???The Alzheimer???s Association is thrilled to partner with UTHealth and??our local congressmen??to raise critical awareness in Washington 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.
??The Alzheimer???s Association is the world???s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our 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.