To further advance the Health Science Center's commitment to research, the SBC Foundation has provided a $1.8 million grant for a teleconferencing center at the Texas Research Park.
The SBC Teleconference Center will be adjacent to the South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine (STCBM), a $19 million research building under construction. Located next to the Institute of Biotechnology, the 87,000-square-foot structure is expected to be completed later this year.
Research at the STCBM will focus on diseases disproportionately affecting the region's population. Researchers will study infectious diseases, diabetes, bone disease, certain cancers and aging-related conditions prevalent in the South Texas/Border Region.
Next to the new STCBM will be a state-of-the-art telecommunications center contributed by the SBC Foundation. The center will bridge the 19 miles between the Texas Research Park and the South Texas Medical Center, and provide interactive connectivity with research peers nationwide and worldwide.
"Through communications technology and the Internet, researchers here will be able to call on a staggering supply of resources, talent and expertise from literally thousands of experts and institutions around the world," said Gloria Delgado, president of the SBC Foundation. "And researchers here will be able to contribute their knowledge and expertise, as well. The SBC Foundation is proud to support this center."
John P. Howe, III, M.D., Health Science Center president, said the new SBC
Teleconference Center will be a world-class facility designed to help researchers here and those across the globe communicate efficiently and effectively.
"The SBC Foundation has shown continuous commitment to the Texas Research Park and the Health Science Center. More importantly, however, SBC is showing its dedication to the people of South Texas. By supporting our research, they are helping to improve the lives of those who reside in the South Texas/ Border Region and throughout the nation," he added.