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Steering Committee

One representative from each TARCC member institution is appointed by the Council to serve on the TARCC Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee serves in an advisory role to the Council on consortium activities, including the settling of research priorities and policies, data collection, research activities, and reporting of findings among the participating medical schools and health science centers.  Members include:

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Rachelle Doody, M.D., Ph.D.

Rachelle Doody, M.D., Ph.D., is the Effie Marie Cain Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Anthropology from Rice University where she studied the brain and language. She earned a M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency training there and at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal Neurologic Institute in Montreal.

Primary Research Interests: Cognitive aspects of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and aphasia; Alzheimer's disease therapeutics and modeling of progression for clinical prognostication, validation of biological markers, and enhancing design of AD clinical trials.

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee
Dr. Doody's publications on PubMed
Curriculm Vitae


Texas A & M Health Science Center, Bryan

Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D. Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D., is the Joseph H. Shelton Professor of Neuroscience, Associate Department Chair of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, and Director of the Women’s Health in Neuroscience Program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She earned a joint doctoral degree in Neurobiology & Biopsychology from the University of Rochester New York, and obtained and completed her post-doctoral training in Neuroendocrinology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York, NY).

Primary Research Interests: Hormonal regulation of neuroprotection, development of therapies and biomarkers for stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, role of the blood brain barrier and neural support cells in the pathophysiology of stroke.

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee

Dr. Sohrabji's Publications on PubMed


Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

Chuang-Kuo Wu, M.D., Ph.D.Chuang-Kuo Wu, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Chuang-Kuo Wu is the Corinne Payne Wright Regents Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology as well as the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. Dr. Wu earned his Ph.D. degree in behavioral neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency training at Boston University Medical Center.

Primary Research Interests:  Aging of the human cholinergic system. Therapeutics of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee



The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Donald R. Royall, M.D.Donald R. Royall, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry, the Julia and Van Buren Parr Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, and a professor in the departments of Medicine and Pharmacology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Royall received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and completed residency training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.


Primary Research Interests: Cognitive predictors of mortality focusing on conditions that affect right hemisphere brain functions, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Lewy Body disease (LBD) and normal aging.

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee, Neuropsychology Subcommittee
Curriculum Vitae


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Perrie M. Adams, Ph.D. Perrie M. Adams, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research and the Margaret D. Harris Professor in Alzheimer's Research in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is also Acting Chair of the Department of Biomedical Communications.

Primary Research Interests: Alzheimer's disease, genetic toxicology, developmental biology

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee
Curriculum Vitae


University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth

Thomas J. Fairchild, Ph.D. Thomas J. Fairchild, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Office of Strategy and Measurement at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.  He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in aging from Wayne State University.

Primary Research Interests: Gerontology with an emphasis on retirement housing, long-term care, and health services management

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee
Dr. Fairchild's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae


Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

Paula Grammas, PhDPaula Grammas, Ph.D., Consortium Director, comes to TARCC from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, where she served as the Executive Director of the Garrison Institute on Aging, Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Chair in Aging, and Professor of Neurology.  Previously, Dr. Grammas was the director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Presbyterian Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, and adjunct professor of cell biology, geriatrics, psychology and behavioral science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

TARCC Scientific Committees: Steering Committee
Dr. Gramma's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae






Additional TARCC committees provide expert input to the TARCC Advisory Steering Committee and Consortium Director on the many activities of TARCC. All member institutions are represented on committees and additional AD researchers are invited to participate based on research expertise and background.

The charge of each committee is shown below.

Biomarker Committee

Charge: To guide the work on protocols for collecting and storing blood biomarker samples, external contracts for collaborative analysis of TARCC biomarker samples, and proposed research projects using TARCC biomarker data.

Genetics Committee

Charge: To define protocols for collecting and storing genetic samples as well as analysis of genetic data, review of external contracts for collaborative analysis of TARCC genetic samples, and review of proposed research projects using TARCC genetic data.

Neuropsychology Committee

Charge: To advise on specific protocols for neuropsychological testing and review of proposed research projects that use these data.

Data Utilization and Publications Committee

Charge: To expand utilization of TARCC resources and evaluate requests for TARCC data and samples. Committee also ensures that proper acknowledgement is given to the state and Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in all TARCC publications.

Protocol Committee

Charge: To discuss and define common policies and procedures for procurement of patient samples at each site to ensure standardized procedures are followed.

 

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