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image of Dr. Andrew DentinoAndrew Dentino, M.D.

UMC Health System Bernhard T. Mittemeyer Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine

Director of Clinical Geriatrics, Garrison Institute on Aging

Professor, joint appointments in Internal Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Lubbock

Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, School of Medicine Lubbock

Executive Medical Director, Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center

Director of Geriatric and Palliative Care, UMC Health System

Clinical interests ::  provide continuity of geriatric and palliative care services for area residents in the hospital and clinical settings as well as in long-term and assisted living facilities; alternative community care, and hospice and in-home care.

Research interests :: remote sensor patient monitoring; palliative care services; medical education in geriatrics and curricular design

Professional accomplishments :: co-principal investigator, Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium; the only physician in the United States with active board certifications in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and hospice and palliative medicine; and the only physician in the United States who is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


image of Dr. Paula GrammasPaula Grammas, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Garrison Institute on Aging

Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Chair in Aging

Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine at Lubbock

Research interests :: investigating the role blood vessels and inflammation might have in the development of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, AIDS and atherosclerosis

Professional accomplishments ::  nationally recognized for pioneering research in Alzheimer’s disease; recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association Zenith Award; research funded by the National Institutes of Health and other national organizations

image of Dr. Stephanie McClureStephanie McClure, M.D.

Mirick-Meyers Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine

Director, Amarillo Alzheimer’s Academy

Division Chief of Geriatrics, School of Medicine at Amarillo

Professor, joint appointments in Internal Medicine and Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine at Amarillo

Clinical interests :: geriatrics

Research interests :: Caregiver support intervention; dementia and depression screening in outreach settings;

Professional accomplishments ::  director of the Center of Excellence for Geriatric Scholarship, Training and Faculty Development at Lubbock, Amarillo and the Permian Basin; the center serves to generate collaborations, extramural funding, teaching and scholarship; director of the TTUHSC Geriatric Education Center a federal center designation to support multidisciplinary geriatric training in the TTUHSC service region; co-PI, Donald W. Reynolds grant, which was instrumental in integrating geriatrics throughout the medical school curriculum, including implementation of experiences at the Amarillo campus for fourth year medical students to educate and interact with Alzheimer’s family caregivers



image of Dr. Bradley MillerBradley Miller, M.D., Ph.D.

The CH Foundation Regents Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research

Associate Executive Director, Garrison Institute on Aging

Assistant Professor of Pathology, School of Medicine at Lubbock

Clinical interests :: surgical and neurodegenerative disease neuropathology; autopsy; clinical chemistry; experimental/investigative pathology; health professionals education

Research interests :: studying changes in DNA, RNA and proteins in the brain of those with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease; directs research protocols at the Brain Bank, a division of the Garrison Institute on Aging

Professional accomplishments :: funding from American Parkinson’s Disease Association, CAP Foundation Scholars Award and VA Center on Aging



image of Dr. Sid OBryantSid O’Bryant, Ph.D.

Director of Rural Health Research

F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health

Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine at Lubbock

Clinical interests :: neuropsychological assessment of Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias as well as normal aging in the TTUHSC Memory Disorder’s Clinic.

Research interests :: the role of ethnic, environmental and biological factors on cognitive behavior during the aging process

Professional accomplishments :: developed blood test for Alzheimer’s disease, invited speaker at the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD); funded by the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Environmental Protection Agency, as well as multiple private foundations and organizations



image of Dr. Chuang-Kuo WuChuang-Kuo Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Corinne Payne Wright Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s disease

Associate Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine at Lubbock

Clinical interests :: advance treatment of cognitive disorders of late life, specifically neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s

Research interests ::  clinical trials of Alzheimer’s disease medications and cell death mechanisms of cholinergic neurons.

Professional accomplishments :: site principal investigator for NIH-funded and pharmaceutical-funded clinical trials; associate director and clinical core of the NIH-funded Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine