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Researchers attract record
$189 million


May 2004

The Health Science Center pulled in by far the largest amount of research funding of any South Texas university or institution in fiscal 2003, garnering a record $189 million in competitive awards for research and related activities. Since fiscal 1999, the amount of National Institutes of Health grants and contracts to the Health Science Center has risen from $45.9 million to $82.7 million, an outstanding increase of 80 percent.

The largest Health Science Center competitive awards in recent months are to Oscar Benavente, M.D., department of medicine, $37 million to study stroke; Ralph DeFronzo, M.D., medicine, $7.4 million to study diabetes; Tom Patterson, M.D., medicine, $7.1 million to study a life-threatening infection called invasive aspergillosis; H. Ralph Rawls, D.D.S., restorative dentistry, $5.9 million to develop advanced dental restorative systems; Hanna Abboud, M.D., medicine, $4.3 million to study mechanisms of kidney injury; and Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., endodontics, $3.6 million to study mechanisms of opioid analgesia (pain relief).

Since 1972, the Health Science Center has expended nearly $6 billion with an estimated impact on the South Texas economy of nearly $30 billion.

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