Garrison Institute on Aging
Our mission is to promote healthy aging and address health issues of the aging population through cutting edge research and innovative educational and community outreach programs. The Garrison Institute on Aging (GIA) conducts and facilitates research into investigating the causes of neurodegenerative disease and dementias such as Alzheimer's and related brain dysfunctions. The GIA's educational programs for the community on aging-related health issues such as dementias and mental health, preventative medicine and identifying challenges impacting the geriatric population.
Our vision is to serve as the leader and central hub within Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) for collaborative initiatives in research, interdisciplinary education and community outreach related to healthy aging, aging-related disorders, brain diseases and dementias and mental health through a combination of GIA-based programs and collaborations with colleagues across TTUHSC and beyond. The GIA plans to continue and grow its more than 40 collaborative projects involving preclinical and clinical studies on aging-related conditions and brain disease.
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.
GIA advances and disseminates knowledge about healthy aging and aging related health issues, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, through basic and translational research. GIA houses a newly created behavioral testing and electrophysiology facility, molecular biology laboratories, brain bank, and a longitudinal epidemiological data base on aging in a multiethnic adult sample from rural communities of West Texas (Project FRONTIER).
Aging-related nervous system dysfunctions represent a major health care problem in this country and worldwide. The better understanding of disease mechanisms is needed to develop novel and improved diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. GIA provides the infrastructure and expertise for collaborative efforts of basic scientists and clinicians from various disciplines and specialties in the area of aging-related and neurodegenerative disorders.
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Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D. (Learn more about Dr. Neugebauer) Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Garrison Institute on Aging Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Chair in Aging Professor and Chair, Pharmacology and Neuroscience Director Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics Giles C. McCray Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine
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