The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston pledged a $5 million challenge grant to the Health Science Center for the creation of the Center for Longevity and Aging Studies.
The $5 million pledge follows an initial $1 million grant to fund the design of the 47,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine in the Texas Research Park.
Because of the nature of the pledge, community leaders are working toward meeting the terms of the challenge grant.
Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., director of the Aging Research and Education Center, said the building will allow leading investigators in the field of aging research to gather in one environment and focus their efforts on identifying genes involved in longevity and a healthy life span.
"The generous award from the Brown Foundation will help make this center a reality," Dr. Richardson said. "The Foundation is a longtime supporter of the Health Science Center and aging research."
More than 150 faculty members from all the schools at the university participate in the Health Science Center's program in aging. The researchers have made major discoveries in nutrition and aging, the molecular genetics of aging, and health care issues of elderly Mexican Americans.
The Brown Foundation is proud of its commitment to the Center for Longevity and Aging Studies, which will benefit San Antonio and South Texas.
It is estimated this grant will not only generate an economic impact of more than $200 million for our city, but it also will enhance the lives of multiple generations from all walks of life.
The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston was founded in July 1951 by Herman and Margarett Root Brown and George R. and Alice Pratt Brown.