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Richardson named to chair on aging research (4/9/97)

Arlan Richardson, PhD, professor of physiology and medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named the initial holder of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Chair in Aging Studies and Research.

Dr. Richardson is director of the Health Science Center's Aging Research & Education Center and Nathan Shock Center. He is also a Career Scientist at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio.

"Dr. Richardson already has a distinguished career in research and teaching," said Sanford A. Miller, PhD, dean of the Health Science Center's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. "He has been recognized by many national and international appointments and numerous honors." These honors include the Robert W. Kleemeier Award for outstanding research in the field of gerontology from The Gerontological Society of America and the Nathan Shock Award from the National Institute on Aging.

"The new Methodist Chair holder has made many contributions to our understanding of the effect of genetic modification on the aging process," Dr. Miller said.

Funds for the Methodist Hospital Foundation Chair in Aging Studies and Research total $522,000. This includes a $500,000 grant from the foundation in 1996 and $22,000 from the community. Ben F. Foster Jr., Health Science Center Development Board member, led the fund-raising effort to provide this endowed faculty position to focus on aging research and education.

J. Marvin Smith III, MD, of San Antonio was the president of the Methodist Foundation when the grant was given. "The Methodist Hospital Foundation was pleased to endow this Chair of Aging, which will further the goals for which the Foundation existed: to promote excellence in medical care and scientific advancement for the betterment of all the people of our community," Dr. Smith said. "The chair will serve as a fitting perpetual memory of the Foundation's past accomplishments and its desire to see the health status of our entire community improved."

The Aging Research & Education Center represents the interests of more than 100 Health Science Center faculty members conducting research that pertains to aging. The Nathan Shock Center, one of two in the nation, allows scientists at the Health Science Center and the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital to conduct pioneering research into the biological processes that control aging and diseases of aging.

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570