The Health Science Center received an $8.2 million boost for its research imaging programs - $4.1 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and $4.1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The funding is part of a $16.8 million infusion of capital from federal and state sources and private philanthropy that is expected to triple the Health Science Centerís research imaging enterprise from $25 million to $75 million annually.
The funds will establish a Comprehensive Facility for Animal Imaging Research (CFAIR) as a component of the Health Science Centerís Research Imaging Center. CFAIR scientists will use imaging to evaluate new drugs and medical devices prior to and during human trials.
The Emerging Technology Fund and DARPA grants complement a significant donation from San Antonio philanthropist Ruth McLean Bowers and more than $5 million in Health Science Center institutional funds committed to establish CFAIR.
World-renowned neurologist and imaging researcher Peter T. Fox, M.D., Research Imaging Center director, said small-animal imaging makes it possible to more quickly study treatments for diseases at all stages of the life span. What would take 50 to 75 years to study in humans can be achieved in a few years in small animals and lead to effective interventions in human care.
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