Cigarroa to discuss state of the Health Science Center

WHAT: The 2008 State of the University Address by Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29

WHERE: Lecture Hall 3.104A on the Health Science Center’s Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center (the lecture hall is near the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library)

WHO: President Cigarroa will speak to faculty, staff and students about achievements of the past year and offer his perspectives on the coming year. The public is invited to attend.

NOTES: The annual address will cover financials; philanthropy; capital expansion; awards, honors and recognitions; recruitments; developments in the Health Science Center’s five schools; the acquisition of The Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center; and future initiatives.

Of interest, Dr. Cigarroa can do interviews on the Health Science Center’s record-breaking year in philanthropy in Fiscal Year 2007, the institution’s excellent performance in attracting sponsored program awards (National Institutes of Health and other funding) in FY ’07, and a large increase in research expenditures in FY ’07.


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.

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