Research leader and noted physician Anthony J. Infante, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of pediatrics, and microbiology and immunology, has been appointed as president of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR). He will assume his position June 1.
One of the leading independent biomedical research institutions in the United States and located in San Antonio, the SFBR welcomes Dr. Infante to its staff of more than 65 doctoral-level scientists. The professionals at the renowned institution conduct approximately 180 research projects, with marked success in the areas of genetics, neonatal development, and infectious and metabolic diseases.
“Dr. Infante is a major asset to the health care and biomedical research community in San Antonio,” said John Kerr, chairman of the SFBR. “He is a world-class scientist and his 30 years of research experience uniquely qualify him to lead the foundation.”
The Health Science Center and the SFBR have had several research collaborations for more than three decades.
“I am so pleased with the foundation’s choice of Dr. Infante to lead it into a new era of excellence,” said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center.
Dr. Infante received both an M.D. and Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Indiana University. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic and postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at the foundation.
Joining the Health Science Center in 1983, Dr. Infante has played a major role in the early development of the Children’s Cancer Research Institute, the Medical Student Research Program and assisting in electronic research administration and management tools for the Health Science Center.
“The progress that the Health Science Center has achieved in the years that I’ve been here is very impressive,” he said. “I will miss the outstanding people I work with. I feel like the Health Science Center is a place of great opportunities and I’ve been blessed with more than my share.”
Dr. Infante will keep adjunct appointments in the departments of pediatrics, and microbiology and immunology at the Health Science Center.
Dr. Infante succeeds Frank F. Ledford Jr., M.D., who is retiring from the position as president of the SFBR.