San Antonio (Feb. 10, 2004) – Abraham Verghese, M.D., the Marvin Forland Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, and Therese Jones, PhD., associate director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, received a 2004 Tom Slick Research Award in Consciousness from The Mind Science Foundation.
“We are thrilled to be one of seven research teams in America and across the world to be chosen for this award,” Dr. Verghese said. “We were funded for what I think is a unique project: to look at the construct and evolution of empathy.”
The awards are named after Tom Slick, who established the foundation to explore the human mind. Of the 20 research teams worldwide considered for the award, only seven were chosen.
“In our invitation to submit, we made it clear that we wanted to encourage collaboration with younger researchers as a means of stimulating interest in the field of consciousness among promising young scientists,” said Emilio Romero, M.D., professor and deputy chairman in the department of psychiatry at the Health Science Center and chair of The Mind Science Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee.