Health Scholar Showcase to highlight research, sponsored programs

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
January 30, 2017

Texas State University will host a Health Scholar Showcase February 10 to highlight Translational Health Research Initiative.

The showcase will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public, although RSVPs are encouraged.

Panel discussion entitled, “Translational Health Research: A Pathway to Better Health and Economic Vitality for Texas,” will run 2:40-2:30 p.m.. Moderated by Walt Horton, associate vice president for research and federal relations, panel participants include Earl Maxwell, St. David's Foundation CEO; Anthony Stahl, Central Texas Medical Center CEO; Dr. Rene L. Olvera, START Center Genetic Research Professor and Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UTHSCSA; and Gene Bourgeois, Texas State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Translational Health Research Initiative seeks to improve health by connecting faculty and community partners to engage in innovative research and sponsored programs. An increasing number of Texas State faculty—representing at least 30 departments, schools and centers, and at least eight colleges—are currently engaged in health research and sponsored programs. The university’s growing health research portfolio provides new opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships among scientists, clinicians and members of the community to tackle complex health issues.

In conjunction with the Office of Research and Federal Relations, Melinda Villagran leads the Translational Health Research Initiative and supports faculty seeking to attract new grant funding, build their research teams, develop research tools, or move forward on multidisciplinary programs.

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About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,849 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 170,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world.  Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities:  Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.