Senator Hutchison Pledges Support for TTUHSC Funding - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/17/04

Senator Hutchison Pledges Support for TTUHSC Funding

The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is gearing up to increase funding for medical research. A symposium, entitled Lighting the Path to Preeminence, was held to support the cause led by President Roy Wilson.

Lighting the Path to Preeminence, that's the theme of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center to reach funding goals for the future. United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, an advocate for the health care industry in Texas, pledges her loyal support to the cause.

"I'm going to do everything I can to help them get the funding that they need and the recognition they deserve to make this even bigger and better," says Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senate.

Two issues that will benefit from the funding are health related problems affecting minorities and increasing diversity among students in health related fields.

"We need to increase participation of minority students, mainly Hispanics and African Americans, in health sciences education," says M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., President, TTUHSC.

President Wilson says Texas is ranked fifth in the country when it comes to government funding for research, but he envisions more.

"The state of Texas gets $950 million a year in IH funded research, that seems like a lot, but given the size of the state, we should probably get more than that, so it's the mission of the center's leaders and advocates to get a bigger piece of the pie," says Wilson. "Part of the reason for the symposium is so that we can have this discussion, get the faculty involved, come up with both goals and strategies to achieve those goals and that's what the symposium is all about."

Lighting the Path to Preeminence was originally initiated by Chancellor David Smith.

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