UNTHSC’s O’Bryant recognized for Alzheimer’s disease work

January 30, 2014

Sid O’Bryant, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Interim Director of the Institute of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research, has received the Federation of Associations in Behavioral Health & Brain Science (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award.

The award is given to researchers who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain and behavior.

Dr. O’Bryant is being recognized for his work focusing on diagnostics of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

The Early Impact Award is presented to early-career scientists of FABBS member societies during their first 10 years post-PhD.

Dr. O’Bryant said the award is especially meaningful because he was the first person nominated for the award by the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

"There are a lot of psychologists in this country doing incredible work and to be selected is a huge honor," he said.

Dr. O’Bryant was recognized for his work on a blood test that can be used by primary care physicians to determine which elderly patients should be referred for specialty assessment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. O’Bryant and colleagues have generated and validated a blood-based proteomic profile that yields excellent diagnostic accuracy in detecting Alzheimer’s disease.

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