Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends group is dedicated to promoting awareness of the illness and raising funds for research projects at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

One hundred percent of membership contributions directly support Alzheimer's research at UT Southwestern in the form of a grant to a promising early career faculty member studying Alzheimer's or related diseases. Since its founding in 1996, the group has raised approximately $1 million for grants to researchers. 

Grant Recipients

  • Doris Lambracht-Washington, Ph.D., and Lenor Volk, Ph.D. (2016)

  • Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D., and Genevieve Konopka, Ph.D. (2015)

  • Ryan E. Hibbs, Ph.D., and Florian Plattner, Ph.D. (2014)

  • Kevin S. King, M.D., Yun Liu, Ph.D., Steven M. Patrie, Ph.D., Martin Woon, Ph.D. (2013)

Research Development

The Center continues to grow and develop clinical and research programs. Faculty members at UT Southwestern have been awarded more than $700,000 in peer-reviewed grants for pilot studies from the ADC and the Friends of the ADC. This investment has been enriched by 21-fold as pilot studies have led to federal or Alzheimer’s Association grants totaling $15 milion.

Progress in basic science funding for Alzheimer's disease has been a major objective for our ADC and ranks us as one of the important center's contributing to AD research. We have more than 30 individuals on our faculty conducting clinical and basic research programs, and our Center is recognized nationally as one of the most productive. We published in excess of 160 peer-reviewed scientific papers, chapters, and editorials in the past two years.