The Steering Committee serves in an advisory role to the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders on consortium activities, including the setting of research priorities and policies, data collection, and reporting of findings among the participating medical schools and health science centers. One representative from each member institution is appointed by the Council to serve on the TARCC Steering Committee. Members include:
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Valory 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.
Texas A & M Health Science Center, Bryan
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.
Dr. Sohrabji's Publications on PubMed
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
John 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.
The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
John A. Bertelson, M.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Neurology at UT Austin Dell Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his M.D from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and completed his Neurology Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and his Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Most recently, Dr. Bertelson completed his Fellowship in Neuroimaging at Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst, NY.
Dr. Bertelson has broad experience in the management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions, and is a co-founder of the Austin Cognitive Medical Society.
The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio
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.
Dr. Royall's Publications on PubMed
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
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
Dr. Adams' Publications on PubMed
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
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
Dr. Fairchild's Publications on PubMed