South Texas Research Facility facts:
by Natalie GutierrezIf you took the Statue of Liberty and stacked her three times from toe to torch, she wouldn’t equal the length of The University of Texas Health Science Center’s latest marvel - the South Texas Research Facility (STRF).
Even more impressive than the STRF’s size are the research discoveries that will take place within its walls once it’s completed this fall. Aging, cancer, neurosciences and regenerative medicine are among the core areas of research to be housed within the building.
New York City-based Rafael Viñoly Architects melded Big-Apple brilliance with Texas-size ingenuity when they envisioned this monumental masterpiece designed to foster interaction, innovation and collaboration among scientists. Here, research will evolve into therapies that university physicians, who literally work in clinics right across the street from the STRF, can use to immediately benefit patients.
"We stand on the threshold of a new era in research in which today’s discoveries will translate into tomorrow’s cures. The STRF is the catalyst for motivating and moving scientific breakthroughs to patients’ bedsides like never before. In our researchers, we have the brainpower. Now we have the building to match."
- Brian Herman, Ph.D., vice president for research
Dedication of the
South Texas Research Facility
Oct. 13, 2011
Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.
chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT)
and recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
UT Health Science Center
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