the last legislative session, the Texas Legislature appropriated a
record $200 million to form an endowment to create a children’s cancer
research center at the Health Science Center
$200 million is the Health Science Center’s
piece of the first
installment of Texas’ history-making $17.3 billion tobacco
center will build on the Health Science Center’s existing pediatric
P. Howe, III, M.D., Health Science Center president, said, “This
funding will allow us to expand the outstanding research already being
conducted at the Health Science Center. The discoveries made here will
provide new hope for the children of Texas—and their families,” he
said. “We are now poised to make breakthroughs that can save Texas’
youngest citizens from the tragedy of cancer.”
center will bring together ongoing cancer research from throughout the
Health Science Center and the San Antonio Cancer Institute (SACI),
designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer
represents the combined cancer research programs of the Health Science
Center and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC).
Howe said leaders throughout the South Texas/Border Region pulled
together to support the children’s cancer research center at the
Health Science Center.
outstanding support from our elected officials was the very real reason
we now have this great resource for the children of Texas.”
Howe also commended members of the San Antonio and South Texas business
community for supporting this project.
the medical sector now leading San Antonio’s economy—military
spending and tourism dollars are in second and third places—business
leaders understand the financial benefit of bringing
such research to
the region. We are so fortunate that while we conduct life-saving
research, we are also bringing millions of dollars to the local economy
and that benefits everyone,” he added.
research projects are planned and funded, the children’s cancer
research center will concentrate heavily on the epidemiology of children’s
cancer in the South Texas/Border Region. The center also will be
looking at research in cancer prevention.
this time, an internal advisory committee has been working on a plan for
specific programs, and an external advisory group, composed of some of
the nation’s foremost leaders in children’s cancer research,
recently visited the Health Science Center, reviewed the program plan,
offered suggestions, and enthusiastically endorsed the Health Science
prestigious advisory committee members expressed their confidence that
the center will be a major contributor to the best of children’s
Health Science Center is well on its way to creating a world-renowned
center with one goal—saving the lives of children.