Meet the Experts
Andrew 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
Paula 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
Stephanie 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
Bradley 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
Sid 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
Chuang-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