Spreading our Roots
President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in Edinburg, where the Health Science Center is constructing the research arm of the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). The 46,700-square-foot building will house a laboratory animal resources facility and a Level 3 biological safety laboratory. Students will train in clinical pharmacy and graduate biological sciences and also have the opportunity to participate in research geared to the regionís unique health needs.
The facility will be completed by July 2004 and is the first biomedical research facility of its kind located on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Health Science Center also will dedicate the D.D. Hachar Building in Laredo. The new facility is an extension of the Health Science Center campus and will offer degrees in the allied health sciences.
Both projects are designed to extend medical care and medical education in South Texas. The federal government previously declared the area "medically underserved." The Lower Rio Grande Valley also is affected disproportionately by diseases such as tuberculosis, diabetes, dengue fever and hepatitis C and A.
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