History and About Us
In 1999, TTUHSC leadership identified aging as a strategic priority for the 21st century.
The Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Institute for Healthy Aging
which was renamed in February 2005, in honor of Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison.
The Garrison Institute on Aging (GIA) is the keystone of the TTUHSC initiative to
help seniors successfully approach and extend the years of quality life. From investigating
the causes of neurodegenerative diseases to preparing health care professionals for
the growing demands of geriatric care, the GIA is addressing health issues of the
aging population. The GIA is a collaborative initiative of the Health Sciences Center
schools: Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
Programs & Initiatives
Under the leadership of current executive director, P. Hemachandra Reddy, Ph.D., and
former executive director, Paula Grammas, Ph.D., the GIA has established several new
divisions to meet its goals:
- Research Division: Innovative research programs to detect, prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases.
As well as continued expansion of research capacity in Alzheimer's disease and other
neurodegenerative diseases of aging are the hallmarks of our research division.
- Education Division: The GIA has programs for students, health care professionals and the general public
to increase knowledge and awareness of age-related health care issues.
- Community Outreach: Our programs serve Lubbock and South Plains communities to increase fitness and
nutritional awareness and its importance in the aging process.
- Development and Advancement: Building endowments and financial support for the long-term sustainability of our
programs and activities will ensure the longevity of our efforts.