March 2019
Success
Professor Joanne Turner, Ph.D.
VP for Research to Head Up Collaborative Vaccine Development Center

Professor Joanne Turner, Ph.D., the Vice President for Research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, will serve as the new Executive Director of the Vaccine Development Center of San AntonioTexas Biomed partners with the University of Texas at San Antonio , Southwest Research Institute and UT Health San Antonio to promote collaboration among the participating research institutions in infectious disease research and vaccine development in order to facilitate new discoveries and eliminate duplication of resources. "As an institution committed to combating infectious diseases, the development of new vaccines is crucial to Texas Biomed's mission," Dr. Turner commented. "I appreciate and endorse this collaborative consortium model these institutions have worked hard to maintain since the Center's founding in 2012." Click here to read the full story.

Innovation
Photo courtesy Kathy West Studios
Barshop Institute for Aging and Texas Biomed Join Forces

Texas Biomed and UT Health San Antonio have signed an animal care and joint research agreement to move dozens of important research animals from the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies to the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) on the Texas Biomed campus.Combined, these programs will maintain more than 400 marmosets for research, making it the country's largest marmoset colony dedicated to aging and infectious diseases research!  Marmosets are small New World monkeys that are excellent animal models in many areas of biomedical research. Click here to learn more!

Collaboration 
Celebrating BRAD Day with a Fiesta theme!

In conjunction with Americans for Medical Progress and alongside research facilities nationwide, Texas Biomed celebrated Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) on April 19, 2019. The festivities gave the Institute a chance to educate people about the importance of animals in finding diagnostics, therapies, vaccines and cures for humans and their pets. As part of Fiesta para los Animales, Texas Biomed hosted a commemoration of our research animal heroes. 
Education
Marty the Microbe
Marty the Microbe Visits the Lab!
 
One of our important missions is to inspire the next generations of researchers!Click here to watch an educational video created for K-3 students. Communications intern Callie Rainosek from the Science Writing Masters Program at Texas A&M University produced the short skit to educate young students about what goes on inside a biomedical research laboratory. Assistant Professor Ian Cheeseman, Ph.D., agreed to be the host scientist for Marty's visit. We look forward to more of Marty's visits to Texas Biomed in the future.

Contact:
Wendy Rigby
Media and Communications Specialist
8715 W. Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78227
wrigby@txbiomed.org