Every donor makes a difference. The following are just a few of the many gifts that enable the university to make lives better in San Antonio, South Texas and the world.
A $25,000 grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation will support the Barbara Melikan Lung Transplantation Research Fund in recognition of Luis Angel, M.D., associate professor and director of the lung transplantation program at the Health Science Center.
The 15th annual Vulcan Materials Funshoot raised $164,000 for research and clinical programs of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Total gifts from the event since 1993 are $1.3 million for the CTRC.
A $27,000 gift from Cynthia Banker Mueller, D.D.S., and her husband, Brett Mueller, D.D.S., will fund the Cynthia Banker Mueller Endowment in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the Brett H. Mueller, D.D.S., Endowment for Pediatric Dentistry. Cynthia was one of the first two females to graduate from the Dental School in 1975. The Muellers are former faculty members of the Health Science Center Dental School. The endowments honor the Muellers’ lifelong dedication to their profession and to the students they mentored.
A $15,000 gift from the Richard and Joyce Harris Sapience Foundation will honor Carlos A. Rosende, M.D., associate professor and the Herbert F. Mueller Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology. The gift will fund up to four ophthalmology residents each year to attend the educational program “Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology.”
A gift of $50,000 from Charles L. Bowden, M.D., and his wife, Virginia Bowden, Ph.D., will support the Bipolar Disorder Research Center at the Health Science Center. Dr. Bowden is the Nancy Ullman Karren Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at the Health Science Center. His research has defined the symptoms and biology of bipolar disorders. Dr. Virginia Bowden was the second director of the Health Science Center’s Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library, who retired in 2003.
An estimated planned gift of $260,000 from Elsie Minifie, Ph.D., will create the
Dr. Elsie Minifie Excellence Endowment in Aging Studies. The endowment will benefit the Health Science Center’s Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.