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Cigarroa announces $300 million capital campaign

February 2004

Just as the Tower of the Americas changed the San Antonio landscape in 1968, a Health Science Center endeavor promises not only to change the physical landscape of the city, but the landscape of health care in San Antonio as well.

The university is embarking on its first major capital campaign – a $300 million private-public initiative to build a Research Tower in the South Texas Medical Center and recruit leading scientists for it.

The Research Tower proposal calls for a building of up to 300,000 square feet and as many as 20 stories tall. "It will be a building that will transform the South Texas Medical Center," Dr. Cigarroa said. The Medical Center is the hub of health care and research in San Antonio and is a major site for the $12 billion-a-year biosciences industry, the largest sector in the city’s economy. The UTHSC is the premier health research institution in South Texas.
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"The success of the campaign will allow us to recruit members of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine who will work on world-changing research including vascular and metabolic biology, neurobiology, developmental and regenerative biology, cancer biology, and biodefense and infection," Dr. Cigarroa said.

The five-year campaign began in January and will conclude in December 2008.


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