Your support is building the foundation to make lives better through research

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio initiated construction of the South Texas Research Facility as a cornerstone toward making its new Greehey Academic and Research Campus a renowned center for translational and clinical research.


At 190,000 gross square feet of new research space, the STRF will allow significant expansion of the UT Health Science Center’s laboratory bench-to-patient bedside translational research programs. Translational research allows physicians to understand the basic mechanism(s) of disease and through this understanding create new therapeutic interventions that can be tested and used in patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition, physicians treating patients with these diseases can also partner with other scientists to gain better understanding of how the symptoms of disease relate to the mechanism of the disease process, resulting in enhanced understanding and further improvement in treatment.


In this way, the process yields a complete circle. It emphasizes the rapid adoption of evidence-based interventions in routine clinical settings. The research to be carried out in the STRF will focus on translational research in scientific areas highly relevant to South Texas (e.g. diabetes, healthy aging, cancer biology including molecular therapeutics, age-related neurodegenerative disease and regenerative medicine).


Another important focus of the STRF will be the training of future minority translational clinician scientists from the South Texas region at the Health Science Center. This program marries the needs of the South Texas geographic region with the outstanding academic research strengths of the university. The growth of these programs represents an expansion of existing functions currently housed in antiquated, inefficient research space in desperate need of significant and excessively costly deferred maintenance.


The STRF will serve as a state-of-the art research building and the intellectual center for several hundred scientists, students and staff from diverse disciplines. They will be enveloped in a building infrastructure that facilitates interpersonal interaction and a creative intellectual environment, powering multidisciplinary teams to solve challenging biological problems. The scientific programs at the STRF are designed to further collaboration and creativity among the multidisciplinary teams. The architectural design of the STRF is designed to promote interaction and collegiality. Research programs to be house in the facility were selected to place investigators at the interface between emerging technologies and their application to biomedical problems.


Thank you for helping us build the foundation for unprecedented and life-changing discovery in San Antonio and South Texas.


David S. Weiss, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio