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BASIC Cognitive Moves to Phone-only Contact

BASIC Cognitive has temporarily suspended in-person contact with the community and instead will use the phone for all contact. If you have received a letter from our study or would like more information, please contact us at 361-826-1564 or send us an e-mail at umhs-basiccognitive@med.umich.edu. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions. We want to reassure you that we are NOT soliciting. The participation of eligible residents is completely voluntary and will be done entirely by phone at this time.

Memory and Thinking

BASIC Cognitive is a research study being conducted to learn about how memory and thinking changes as Nueces County residents age. We also hope to learn about the experiences of caregivers or the people who help, like family members, neighbors, and friends. We want to understand how their needs are being met and what areas may require more attention.


We are continuing a long-term partnership with the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District We have also partnered with Texas A&M Corpus Christi College of Science

The University of Michigan has been conducting research in the Corpus Christi area under study leader Dr. Lewis Morgenstern since 1999. Many local residents have participated in our research which has resulted in many important scientific discoveries.

BASIC Cognitive staff pictured at press conference on January 14, 2020. Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Dr. Lewis Morgenstern, Noemi Ybarra, Dr. Kim Onufrak, Denisse Martinez, Mercedes, Fonseca, Leslie Martinez, Hanna Davis, Nelda Garcia, Judge Barbara Canales, Ruth Longoria, Irma Mireles, Deidre Acosta, Alexis Enriquez, Elisa Silva


We hope that that you will decide to participate in our research study. After we completely remove all names and any identifying information, the data collected as part of our studies is widely used by researchers, decision makers and government leaders to create policies that improve all of our lives.

If you have received a letter in the mail or communication from one of our field interviewers, please call our office at 361-826-1564. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions

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