UTB Biomedical Research Building officially opens


By MADELINE BUCKLEY – The Brownsville Herald, February 20, 2012 10:46 PM

Officials dedicated Monday the new University of Texas at Brownsville Biomedical Research Building, which they said will produce cutting edge research to address health issues in the Rio Grande Valley and propel the school to a higher tier in medical research.

The facility funded by $34 million in state tuition revenue bonds houses 12 laboratories, four classrooms, eight faculty research areas and 12 science research facilities.

The University of Texas System Chancellor Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa delivered the keynote address for the formal ceremony, which took place in the courtyard outside of the facility attended by Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez, Texas Southmost College President Lily Tercero and other school and city officials.

UTB President Juliet V. Garcia said the new building will present research opportunities for local students in the medical and health care field and will aid the goal of attracting top-notch faculty to the school.

“One in five people in the Rio Grande Valley are diagnosed with diabetes,” Garcia said. “Now we are poised to help some of the problems in the region.”