Professor receives national award

Staff reports
Sid O’Bryant, Ph.D., who grew up in Galvez and graduated from St. Amant High, will receive the award for research excellence achieved within 10 years of completing formal training.

A Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center professor who grew up in Galvez has been awarded the National Academy of Neuropsychology 2009 Early Career Award.

Sid O’Bryant, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and director of Rural Health Research at the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, will receive the award for research excellence achieved within 10 years of completing formal training.

O’Bryant, the son of Tommy and Brenda O’Bryant of Galvez, graduated from St. Amant High School in 1992.

Steven L. Berk, M.D., dean of the TTUHSC School of Medicine, said this national recognition reflects the excellence of the Texas Tech faculty.

“Dr. O’Bryant has become a leader in rural health research. His work has brought together the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural Health, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, and the Garrison Institute for Healthy Aging in the common goal of providing better health care for those in rural West Texas,” Berk said. “His award is a great personal achievement and an important recognition for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.”

O’Bryant also directs the Health Science Center’s participation in the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium, a collaboration among five major medical research institutions to improve detection, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Jim Hinds, Project Coordinator of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium, said, “Dr. O’Bryant is a gifted researcher who has been instrumental in advancing ground-breaking advances to more accurately identifying changes in dementia progression – a critical step in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.”

The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) is a non-profit professional membership association consisting of nearly 3,500 doctors and specialists who are experts in the assessment and treatment of brain injuries and disorders.

NAN members work in the most prestigious universities, hospitals and private practices throughout the Unites States and the world.  With specialties ranging from blast injury and sports-related head injuries to gerontology and school psychology, NAN members are at the forefront of research and rehabilitation in the field of brain behavior relationships.

O’Bryant received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. and his post doctoral training at the New Orleans VA Medical Center.