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New Director for the Institute for Healthy Aging

Paula Grammas

PAULA GRAMMAS, Ph.D.

Paula Grammas, Ph.D., is nationally recognized for her pioneering research into the role that blood vessels and inflammation might play in the development of diseases, including Alzheimer�s disease, diabetes, AIDS and atherosclerosis. She also is well-known in the research community for her cross-disciplinary approach to disease investigation.

Before accepting the position with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Grammas was serving as the director of the University of Oklahoma�s Center for Neuroscience. She also held the Presbyterian Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and was adjunct professor of cell biology, geriatrics and psychology and behavioral science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

Roderick Nairn, Ph.D., executive vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school of biomedical sciences, said Grammas was chosen because of her excellent leadership and dedication to her field. "Without question she will serve the health sciences center well with her commitment to our students, community and research," said Nairn.

Grammas received a B.A. in biology from Barnard College in New York and a Ph.D. in pathology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She has received several honors, including the Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair in Neuroscience Award for Outstanding Achievement in Alzheimer Research, the Alzheimer�s Association Zenith Fellows Award and the Alzheimer Research Award from the Fraternal Order of American Eagles.

In addition to her support from the Alzheimer�s Association, she has successfully secured funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Presbyterian Health Foundation.