WHAT: Luncheon featuring The Honorable David Dewhurst, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, and Lionel Sosa, San Antonio appointee to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst appointed Sosa to the Oversight Committee.
WHEN: Noon Wednesday, July 16 (media interviews begin at 1 p.m.) (B-roll of cancer research laboratories may be shot from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. or after 1 p.m.)
WHERE: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (Greehey CCRI) on the Greehey Academic and Research Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
(Although the address is 8403 Floyd Curl, we suggest you use the following directions because of construction: From IH-10, travel on Medical Drive. Proceed through the Wurzbach intersection. The South Texas Medical Center Post Office will be on your right. Just after the Post Office, turn right at the campus entrance marked with Chamber signs and a Chamber van. Officers will direct you to the Greehey CCRI parking lot.)
WHO: This event is hosted by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center and 2008 Chamber chairman of the board, will emcee. John T. Montford, chairman of the Health Science Center Development Board and president-Western Region with AT&T, will introduce Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst.
WHY: Sosa, an expert in Hispanic consumer and voter behavior, is one of 11 members of the Oversight Committee, which met for the first time in late June. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas will award up to $3 billion in state general revenue bonds under Proposition 15, which was approved by Texas voters last fall to fund cancer research, prevention, early detection and control programs.
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 23,000 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. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.