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San Antonio Area Foundation awards grants (6/2/97)

The San Antonio Area Foundation has awarded 10 grants totaling $238,640 to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for 1997.

The new grants target medical and dental diseases and expansion of basic science knowledge. Awards were presented at St. Philip's College May 29 and bring the total awards to the university from the foundation to $1,612,325.

Recipients of the 1997 grants, award totals and projects are:

Swati Deb, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology, $15,000 for her work on "Use of Tissue-Specific Gene Therapy in Prostate Cancer;"

Randolph Glickman, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology, $16,431, for his project "Optical Detection of Intracellular Photo-oxidative Stress;"

Jan Hu, PhD, and James Simmer, DDS, PhD, both assistant professors of pediatric dentistry, $25,000 including a grant from The Hill Family Charitable Trust, for their project "Characterization of Families for a Linkage Study of Isolated Enamel Defects and Genes Encoding Enamel Specific Matrix Proteins;"

Jay Stauffer, MD, assistant professor of surgery/general surgery, $75,000 for his work on the "Center for Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology;"

Katherine Stephenson, PhD, assistant professor of surgery/organ transplantation, $26,804 for her study "The Role of Lipopolysaccharide Receptors in Alcohol-Induced Liver Fibrosis and Cirrhosis;"

W.A.J. van Heuven, MD, chairman and Herbert F. Mueller chair in ophthalmology, $30,000 for completion of a "Research Study Center;"

Xiaodu Wang, PhD, assistant instructor of orthopaedics, $12,705 for his study "Effects of Dietary Calcium Intake on Biomechanical Competence of the Skeleton in an Ovariectomized Rat Model;"

Steven Weitman, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, $12,700 for "A Pharmacology-Based Preclinical Evaluation Program for Identification of Investigational Anticancer Agents for Children with Cancer/Purchase of a Computer-Linked Microplate Reader;" and

Carlos Werner, DDS, assistant professor of community dentistry, $25,000 for his project "Preventive Treatment of Oral Diseases in Patients with Chronic Renal Failure Undergoing Dialysis Treatment."

Contact: Mike Lawrence (210) 567-2570