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Nantz National Alzheimer Center

In The Spotlight

Jim Nantz shares how his father's struggle with Alzheimer's inspired him to help others affected by the disease.


About the NNAC

Emmy Award-winning sports commentator, Jim Nantz, partnered with the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center.  Jim and his wife, Courtney, work tirelessly to increase funding and generate awareness of the effects of concussions and TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries) as well as later life dementia disorders and Alzheimer's disease. Jim has made a generous lifetime commitment to aggressively support research to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease as a lasting tribute to Jim's father, Jim Nantz, Jr. who battled Alzheimer's for 13 years. 

Every day at the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC), our work focuses on improving care and treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We do this through the advancement of scientific research, the investigation of the causes of this debilitating disease, and provision of effective tools, guidance and support for our patients’ families and caregivers.

The number of people affected by AD is growing daily. The pervasiveness this devastating condition and the losses it inflicts are so great that we believe that now is the time to pour energy, resources and creative efforts into finding a way to abolish AD forever.

To that end, the physicians and scientists at the NNAC pursue discovery of new diagnostics for early detection of AD and other forms of dementia; treatments that prevent, arrest and even reverse the ravages of these diseases; and ultimately to find a cure.

We know that families and caregivers are crucial in every aspect of care for patients with AD. The NNAC offers experienced and compassionate social workers to help families navigate through the progressive stages of the illness, providing practical tools, real support and caring guidance along the way.

The disease-altering discoveries that are needed to effectively fight AD demand collaboration of great minds and an investment in the technologies needed to push boundaries of knowledge, as well as passion that fosters scientific breakthroughs. Houston Methodist is committed to this endeavor: