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The Garrison Institute on Aging is a unique organization whose mission is to promote healthy aging through cutting-edge research in aging-related health issues, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as through innovative educational and community outreach programs that target students, clinicians, researchers, health care professionals, and the public.

The vision of the institute is to become nationally and internationally recognized as a center of excellence for the creation and application of new knowledge about healthy aging through research, innovative interdisciplinary education and collaborative community outreach efforts.

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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. 

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


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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.



November 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 Association.
Noon | 6630 S. Quaker Ste. E

Dr. Gabriela Arandia

Gabriela Arandia

Healthwise on KCBD. November is known as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Click "Healthwise" to watch the video.
Tech Doc: The fight continues against Alzheimer's disease. Click "Tech Doc" to read the article. 
Dr. Arandia states "Research shows that diet, particularly a heart-healthy diet and exercise can be beneficial to Alzheimer's patients". Learn more at Healthy Lubbock. 

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Congratulations to Dr. Arandia for the poster presentation at the 2019 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas.   
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