The Health Science Center will receive $1.6 million over the next four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The award will enable Health Science Center researchers to find new ways of translating basic biomedical research into breakthroughs in clinical treatment.
The Hughes award, the second for the Health Science Center in four years, is especially significant because it boosts the San Antonio center's ability to recruit top-flight young researchers.
"Good young people are coming out of the best training programs and are recruited by many programs including ours," said Robert A. Clark, M.D., principal investigator for the HHMI grant, professor of medicine and the Dan F. Parman Chair in the Department of Medicine. "This helps us offer more funding to start their laboratories, to acquire equipment and to hire personnel. The Howard Hughes Research Resources Program has been a major boost for us."
The first HHMI grant provided $2.2 million between 1995 and 1999, with $1.6 million allocated to faculty start-up research and enrichment. Faculty supported in this way subsequently received external grants valued at $13.7 million - more than an eightfold return on investment.