A supplement to the Mission magazine highlighting advancements at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the heroes who help make them happen.
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A Message from the President
Thanks to the generous support and leadership of our donors and friends, the Campaign for the Future of Health is closer than ever to reaching its $300 million goal.

At our recent gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of our School of Medicine, our dear friend and longtime supporter,
Gov. Dolph Briscoe, announced his donation of an additional $5 million for cardiovascular research and women’s health. We are deeply grateful for his unwavering dedication and for the incredible generosity of all of our donors.

The results of your support are evident in the following pages of this issue of the Vanguard. You’ll see how far we’ve come, from groundbreaking discoveries in quiet labs, to lifesaving technology in busy operating rooms.

But our work is not done. There will always be students in need of scholarships, outstanding faculty to be recruited and Nobel-Laureate discovery to be made. Philanthropy will make the difference between a very good university and a great university.

With our Campaign nearing its goal, this is just the beginning of extraordinary things to come.

I am proud to lead a university where innovation, expansion and compassion go hand in hand toward research, healing patients and educating students far and wide. I am grateful to all those who are investing in this important and life-changing Campaign.

With greatest respect,
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
Professor, Pediatric and Transplantation Surgery

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The Campaign for the Future of Health
For more than 40 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has been dedicated to its mission to treat and care for those who need it the most, including those who cannot afford health care.
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Translational medicine, Transformational results, We makes lives better
In laboratories and hallways at the Health Science Center, the phrase “from the bench to the bedside” can often be heard in discussions among faculty, staff, students and research fellows.
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President’s Excellence Fund fuels pipeline, secures top talent
The President’s Excellence Fund of the Campaign for the Future of Health is a $150 million fund that will be used to recruit and retain preeminent faculty to lead Nobel-Laureate research and discovery, care for patients, and educate the next generation of health care providers.
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Champions for the next chapter of health
At the Health Science Center, innovation is a daily occurrence. Faculty and researchers work tirelessly to advance research and health care toward the goal of making lives better across San Antonio, South Texas and the world.
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Restoring hope through regenerative medicine
Hunter Messer is a champion swimmer, Olympic athlete, world traveler and baseball all-star, all at the age of 11. Even more amazing about his sports feats is the fact that Hunter was born with a rare, multisystem disorder called Alagille Syndrome that may affect the liver, heart, eyes, kidneys and skeleton.
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Cardiovascular research and care: The next chapter
The creation of the Palmaz stent and the success of previous inventions at the Health Science Center have paved the way for a new age in cardiovascular biomedical technology.
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President’s Development Board
The Honorable John T. Montford, president, Western Region of AT&T, is chair of the UT Health Science Center’s Development Board.

Volunteers play an essential role in philanthropy at the Health Science Center. We are grateful for their dedicated leadership. For a listing of the 2008 board members, visit www.uthscsa.edu/development.

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