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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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.

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Charles P. France, Ph.D. with daughter, Logan, and his son, CJ

Charles P. France, Ph.D., holds a framed certificate honoring him as the inaugural Dr. Maharaj K. Ticku Professor. Dr. France’s daughter, Logan, 22, and his son, CJ, 18, are pictured with him during a reception held on campus this past fall to announce the professorship.

hexagonA gift of $100,000 from family, friends and colleagues of the late Maharaj K. Ticku, Ph.D.,
has established the Dr. Maharaj K. Ticku Professorship at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Charles P. France, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is the inaugural holder of the professorship. Dr. Ticku was an internationally renowned and esteemed scientist who served for 29 years as a professor of pharmacology and psychiatry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He died in 2007. The professorship was established to honor his legacy of achievement in research and his commitment to education.

“I am honored and humbled by my continued formal affiliation with Dr. Ticku through this endowment, which honors his contributions, both personal and professional. The endowment will promote the training and career development of young neuropharmacologists, which is consistent with the passion Raj had for science and to training the next generation of scientists,” Dr. France said.

Bettie and Joe Ward Jr.

Bettie and Joe Ward Jr.

hexagonA gift of $50,000 from Bettie and Joe Ward Jr. has established the Joe H. Ward, Jr. and Bettie B. Ward Award for Excellence in the Study of the Biology of Aging. The endowment will support outstanding graduate students and faculty researchers at the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies who are focusing their studies on the biology of aging.

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