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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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Collaborative Seed Grant Program in Aging

We are happy to announce up to $160,000 will be awarded. We plan to fund up to 8 projects and up to $20,000 per project (pending justification and progress report). These grants are internally funded for TTUHSC faculty from all five schools to form multi-investigator collaborative teams to generate external grant applications that acknowledge and include the GIA. Click here for application.



Nov is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. 

The Garrison Institute on Aging, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and the Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics  will host events focused on Alzheimer's awareness in November.  The first event is Monday, November 4. Care Partner Academy.  10 Warning Signs of Dementia presented by Alzheimer's Assoication.
Noon | 6630 S. Quaker Ste. E

Congratulations! Dr. Arandia. 

Gabriela Arandia

Dr. Arandia's faculty appointment as a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience began September 1st.  Dr. Arandia also serves as Co-Director of Project FRONTIER and a Project Manager for the Garrison Institute on Aging.  
2019 Research Retreat

The Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience and Garrison Institute on Aging Annual Research Retreat will be held October 3rd through October 5th in Austin, Texas at the Vintage Villas. 
The event will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Robert Adron Harris with The University of Texas at Austin.