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The Garrison Institute on Aging (GIA) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is a collaborative initiative designed to improve brain health and quality of life in aging through innovative research, education and community outreach.

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.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please feel free to contact the GIA team headed by Dr. Neugebauer with any questions or for more information. 


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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Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

The Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops are proven health and wellness workshops that complement provider care for adults with ongoing health conditions.  Program info.

Care Partner Workshop

Care Partner Workshop designed to assist care partners in their role in meeting the needs of their loved one. Program info.

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Click HERE to view all ongoing Research Grants and Outreach Support at the GIA.  


Thank you to the Garrison Institute for the service to our retired folks! Great topic and even better speaker.

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6th Annual Caregiver Conference

South Plains Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging Presents Teepa Snow Wednesday... MORE


11th Annual CMPR Symposium

Friday, Oct. 4th, 2019 | Room ACB100 | TTUHSC, Lubbock, TX Keynote Presentation: Robert... MORE


Gender-Specific Medicine & Women's Health Symposium

The 8th annual Gender-Specific Medicine & Women's Health Symposium provided by the... MORE

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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Grant Awarded

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded the GIA a continuation grant for programs to encourage adults, who are 55 and older, to volunteer and assist the Lubbock community by using the abilitities, interests and skills they have acquired throughout their life. The program engages seniors in a wide array of community services that help non-profit and community based organizations including health, nutrition, human services, education, community and economic development and public safety. For more information about the program, click RSVP.

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Red Bag Tours

Ruben Gonzales, GIA Brain Bank Director, assists TTUHSC by conducting tours for high school students through the GIA laboratory. The tours give students an opportunity to learn about research. 


In 2019, alone TTUHSC toured over 1,700 high schools students. 


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