The Health Science Center is a founding member of the Borderplex Health Council, a new partnership promoting education and research that will address the health challenges of the South Texas Border Region. The Health Science Center is one of four institutions of The University of Texas System that form the Council.
The Council will promote multi-institution collaboration among all UT institutions along the Texas-Mexico border, and during the next year will invest $1 million in projects targeting diabetes, obesity and the nursing shortage.
"The Borderplex Health Council brings together the immense scientific and health research strengths of two of our state’s great health science centers with the engineering, computer science and other great capabilities of our general academic universities that are right here along the border," said Juliet V. Garcia, Ph.D., president of UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and chair of the Borderplex Health Council.
"The philosophy is that together we can do more, and this is certainly in keeping with the goal of Chancellor Mark Yudof and The University of Texas System," President Cigarroa said.
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