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S.A. medical foundation awards its 1st grants
June 10, 2016


San Antonio Express-News

The San Antonio Medical Foundation, a nonprofit overseeing all of the land in the South Texas Medical Center, has awarded its first grants from a $1 million fund announced last year to spur collaborations among the city’s health care and scientific institutions.

The foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to a team of scientists from Southwest Research Institute, the University of Texas Health Science Center and the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research that is working to develop a regenerative-based medicine approach to treat chronic skin wounds like diabetic ulcers. Such wounds occur at twice the national average in San Antonio.

The team’s research is expected to generate a product that will effectively treat diabetic ulcers, surgical skin wounds, burns and similar injuries.

Another $150,000 grant was awarded to a team of researchers at San Antonio Military Medical Center, the health science center and Trinity University working to determine how maternal obesity and diabetes affect babies’ body compositions, growth and epigenetic changes.

The project will be accompanied by community outreach, dietary education and risk reduction.

The grants are part of the foundation’s quest to award up to $1 million in funding over the next five years to spark collaborations among San Antonio’s medical research institutions, universities, health care systems and bioscience operations.

The foundation said last year that more unity is needed if San Antonio is to remain competitive in the medical research and bioscience fields since UT recently established two new medical schools in other cities — Dell Medical School in Austin, which has already opened, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, opening this fall.

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