HOUSTON – (Aug. 1, 2016) – Members of Congress, the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will host a Congressional Update on Aug. 3.
The event is co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Houston, District 2; U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, District 29; U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, District 9; and U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Houston, District 22. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, District 18, will be in attendance.
Though Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.4 million Americans, research into the incurable disease is disproportionately underfunded compared to that of heart disease and cancer, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
"Knowing that Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects more than 350,000 Texans, it is clear that Alzheimer's disease is a growing public health crisis and we need to treat it like one. Houston is fortunate to have academic institutions such as UTHealth leading the way toward a world without Alzheimer's," Al Green said.
The event will include presentations on the state of Alzheimer’s disease research and a tour of the laboratory of Claudio Soto, Ph.D., professor and director of the George and Cynthia W. Mitchell Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Brain Related Illnesses at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Soto’s research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease as well as the development of innovative ways for early diagnosis and treatment.
Keith Fargo, Ph.D., the director of Scientific Programs & Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, will present an overview of current Alzheimer’s research, including the latest developments released at the July Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The tour of Soto’s lab will follow.