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UT Health Science Center At Houston Receives $75 Million Donation

The funds will be used for existing and new research programs and to fund scholarship programs.

Kathrine G. McGovern, widow of Dr. John P. McGovern, poses with three students from the UT Health Science at Houston during the event where the donation was announced.
Kathrine G. McGovern (third from the right), widow of Dr. John P. McGovern, poses with three students from the UT Health Science at Houston during the event where the donation was announced.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston announced this Monday it has received a gift of $75 million, which is the largest donation in its history.

The gift was provided by the John P. McGovern Foundation, which was established in 1961 by the late allergist and researcher and has collaborated with UT Health for decades.

William C. Shrader, Vice President and Director of the foundation, said the initial idea of the donation started about a year ago.

“We came to the conclusion that the size of the gift and the timing were perfect and the decision was made to go forward with the gift,” explained Shrader.

The funds will be used for existing and new research programs.

“We will have research in trauma, we will have a significant program in brain and neuroscience, in neuro degenerative disease, in genetics… So, it’s really a broad branch of expertise and focus,” noted Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, President of UT Health.

Additionally, UT Health will use part of the funds for scholarship programs.

Mauro Silva is a third year medical student from Mexico. He thinks the scholarships will encourage more students to pursue a career in medicine because “having that security and somebody extending you a hand will convince a lot of people that you can go for it and you can go for medical school.”

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