WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez today announced that the National Institute of Aging, under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Health, has awarded $657,603 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research. The NIA awarded UTRGV $3,276,391 to establish the Partnerships for Progress Center. The Center is one of the AD-RCMAR’s aimed to enhance the diversity of the research workforce of minority aging devoted to Alzheimer´s disease.
This funding will further the efforts of UTRGV´s AD-RCMAR to develop infrastructure and data collections that attract support from researchers in multiple disciplines. This allows the center to conduct research focused at reducing the impacts of Alzheimer´s disease on Hispanics.
“This funding creates the potential for unprecedented breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research at UTRGV,” said Congressman Gonzalez.
“This grant supports several of the university’s core priorities, including our goals to conduct impactful research, provide expanded educational opportunities, and engage with or community,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey. “I would like to thank Congressman Gonzalez and our entire Congressional delegation for their support, and I also thank everyone at UTRGV who assisted in obtaining this grant.”
The project began August 1, 2018, and is estimated to continue until July 31, 2023.