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Congressman Gonzalez Announces $49,900 for UTRGV Brain Research

February 21, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $49,900 in federal grant funding for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) for research on brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The funding will be used to study the impact and risk factors of each on people residing in low-resource settings and in low and middle-income countries.

“Understanding how our brains change as we age and the social impact on our neurological functions should be studied more,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Treatment for Alzheimer’s, dementia and other brain-related diseases continue to be just out of reach. I’m proud to support federal funding that will give scientists at UTRGV the resources they need to research our cognitive abilities and bring us closer to finding a cure.”

“Two of UTRGV’s core priorities are to improve health and engage in impactful research in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey. “This grant allows us to impact both those priorities while also obtaining important information on the risks, protective factors and effective interventions associated with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. I thank Congressman Gonzalez and everyone at UTRGV who assisted in obtaining this important grant.”

This federal funding will bring together leaders in Nairobi, Kenya for scientific presentations, discussions, and workshops to analyze the current situation for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.