This June, I will celebrate one year as president of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. I could not be prouder to lead such a dynamic institution. We are making progress on many important fronts, and it is your support that is driving us forward.
In this issue of Vanguard, you’ll read an update on the progress of our South Texas Research Facility (STRF). Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have raised $142 million of the $150 million needed for construction.
Just as National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins has said “curiosity creates cures,” our STRF, when completed early next year, will establish an environment that nurtures curiosity. This is the key to animating scientific endeavors that will become Nobel-laureate discovery at the Health Science Center.
This magnificent new facility will provide the best laboratories and resources where our faculty scientists and students will conduct lifesaving research on diseases such as cancer, diabetes and a variety of disorders that affect the elderly.
Your gifts are not only building the future of research, but are also furthering our education mission by shaping the lives of countless students who will become the researchers and health care providers of tomorrow. Many donors highlighted in this issue are providing scholarships for deserving students. For many students, a scholarship is their only means of affording an education.
With your continued support, our Health Science Center will continue to ignite science in San Antonio, South Texas and our world. Thank you for partnering with us to make lives better.
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP
Professor of Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio