Steering Committee

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The Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) Steering Committee (SC) was established to advise the Council on consortium matters, as defined in Chapter 154, Consortium of Alzheimer’s Disease Centers, Section 154.004, Texas Education Code.

To ensure that each institution is fully represented at SC meetings, each institution shall appoint a SC member. :


Each SC member must be to be able to provide expertise, input and guidance on the following key issues:

  • Research priorities and protocols
  • Data collection and research activities
  • MOU development
  • Cohort status and progress
  • Awareness of TARCC activities
  • Resource allocation and project expenditures
  • TARCC scientific direction and growth
  • Participate in biannual review sessions

The Steering Committee acting through the Scientific Director, Dr. Munro Cullum -  UTSW,  advises the Council on consortium activities, including the setting of appropriate use of resources, research priorities and policies, data collection, and reporting of findings among the participating medical schools and health science centers.   Members include:

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Baylor College of MedicineValory Pavlik, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas in 1994.

Primary Research Interests: Risk factors for cognitive decline and AD with a focus on cardiovascular risk factors, racial/ethnic group differences in risk of MCI and AD, predictors of progression in MCI and AD. Dr. Pavlik is also active in the management of AD treatment and prevention trials carried out in the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Pavlik's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae


Texas A & M Health Science Center, Bryan

Texas A&M Health Science CenterMarcia Ory, Ph.D., 

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, serves as associate vice president of strategic partnerships and initiatives, as well as Regents and Distinguished Professor at the School of Public Health. In this role, Dr. Ory identifies and evaluates programs in health promotion and chronic disease management with the goal of improving population health.

As co-director of Healthy South Texas and Center for Population Health and Aging, Dr. Ory has built successful models of health initiatives that have expanded across the state, making a positive difference in the lives of Texans. Dr. Ory is also chairperson of the Opioid Task Force, a multidisciplinary academic team formed to mitigate the opioid crisis. The task force is identifying gaps in knowledge of opioid pain management safety and developing continuing education materials for practitioners.

Primary Research Interests: Evidence based clinical interventions for older adults and their caregivers.

Dr. Ory's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterJohn C. DeToledo, M.D., is the Haggerton Endowed Chair of the Department of Neurology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  He received his medical degree from the Sao Paulo Medical School in Brazil.  Following his residency training at Sao Paulo Cancer Hospital, Dr. DeToledo received his neurology training at Boston University. He spent one additional year at the Columbia Presbyterian affiliated Internal Medicine Program, and was a visiting fellow in Neuroradiology and MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Primary Research Interests:  Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, MS.
Dr. DeToledo's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae

The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

The University of Texas at AustinDavid Paydarfar, M.D., is Professor and inaugural Chair of the Department of Neurology at UT Austin Dell Medical School. He received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. He is a leading innovator with a unique background in physics and neurology.

Primary Research Interests: Developing biosensors, signal-processing algorithms, and user interfaces to inform predictive health analytics. Studying the underlying disease states associated with abnormal behavior of neural oscillators such as sleep apnea, circadian dysrhythmias, and epilepsy.
Dr. Paydarfar's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae

The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

UT Health Science Center - San AntonioDonald 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.
Dr. Royall's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae


UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

UT Southwestern Medical CenterMunro Cullum, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Neurological Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He holds the Pam Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Psychology, is Chief of Psychology and the senior neuropsychologist in the O’Donnell Brain Institute. He also serves as the chair of the TARCC External Advisory Committee Compliance Committee. Dr. Cullum received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Past-President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Divisoin 40) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Primary Research Interests: Neuropsychological aspects of neurodegenerative disorders, including early detection, differential diagnosis, and progression; detection, recovery, and late effects of brain injury; neuropsychological assessment.
Dr. Cullum's Publications on PubMed
Curriculum Vitae


University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth

University of North Texas Health Sciences CenterRobert C. Barber, Ph.D.
Robert Barber's publications on PubMed

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGiulio Taglialatela, Ph.D., is Del Papa Distinguished Chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at UTMB Galveston.

Primary Research Interests:
Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in Alzheimer Disease and related disorders.
Giulio Taglialatela's publications on PubMed

The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center, HoustonRodrigo Morales, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Morales obtained his BSc degree (biochemistry) from Universidad de Chile. His Ph.D., also from Universidad de Chile, included all thesis work done at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He joined UTHealth in 2009 as a post-doctoral fellow and was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2012.

Primary Research Interests:
Dr. Morales main research topics involve the strain and species barrier phenomena in prion diseases, the prion-like nature of Aβ aggregates in Alzheimer’s disease and the pathological interaction between these disorders.
Rodrigo Morales' publications on PubMed