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How One Local Program Changed the Way Medical Institutions Fund Their Research

Today, it’s not uncommon to hear of medical institutions collaborating together for research and training. But back in 1990, the idea was a little more foreign. Institutions often competed against each other for funding. So, 25 years ago, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine collaborated together to launch the Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical […]

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Today, it's not uncommon to hear of medical institutions collaborating together for research and training. But back in 1990, the idea was a little more foreign. Institutions often competed against each other for funding.

So, 25 years ago, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine collaborated together to launch the Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical Training.

In 2001, the Keck Center became the training arm for a bigger collaboration called the Gulf Coast Consortia. The GCC brings together several medical institutions for collaborative research and training.

We talk with Dr. Kathleen Matthews about the founding of the Keck Center and how it changed the way scientists approach research funding.

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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