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Community Highlight: Nantz National Alzheimer Center

Jessica Yang


HOUSTON, TX — Since 2011, the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, or NNAC, has become a world-renowned research and referral center, treating thousands of patients each year.

The center aims to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, slow memory loss progression and improve the quality of life for every patient.

NNAC provides an environment of comprehensive, compassionate care for patients and their families. The center’s interdisciplinary team thoroughly evaluates each patient to ensure all reversible medical conditions causing memory loss are diagnosed and treated. This approach has resulted in dramatic improvements in the quality of life for many patients.

To give hope to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of memory loss, NNAC is actively pursuing research to discover new treatments. The center has also contributed to important scientific information relating to the treatment.

Multiple preclinical and clinical studies are proceeding to evaluate various approaches and new medications to delay the progression of the disease or stop its course.

Additionally, NNAC lab was the first to link excess tau protein to Alzheimer’s disease brain dysfunction and map tau progression in dementia, redefining how neurologists approach the illness.

Currently, the center has four full‑time neurologists who care for thousands of patients annually. As a result, the NNAC is a leading recruiter among 20 centers involved in an NIH-funded study to research the natural history of early-onset cognitive impairment.

You can also show your support by joining NantzFriends, along with Courtney and Jim Nantz, to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementia-based illnesses.

Through philanthropic support, Houston Methodist is applying breakthroughs in neuroimaging toward strategies to better diagnose and potentially prevent the progress of Alzheimer’s disease at its earliest stages.

Find your way to give and become NantzFriends at https://www.houstonmethodist.org/giving/ways-to-give/.

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