A legacy of support
The Zachry Foundation, on behalf of Mollie and Bartell Zachry, has added to its legacy of support to UT Health San Antonio with a new gift of $1 million. The gift will name the Zachry Laboratory at the new Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies building, currently under construction in the South Texas Medical Center.
The three-story, 109,000-square-foot building is located at the corner of Floyd Curl Drive and Charles Katz Drive. It is adjacent to UT Health San Antonio’s Medical Arts and Research Center and across from the university’s Greehey campus. The new home to the Barshop Institute is expected to be completed by December 2019.
The Zachry Laboratory will house scientists who are advancing research in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s—areas of research strength within the Barshop Institute led by Nicolas Musi, M.D., a professor of medicine.
The laboratory will foster collaboration between researchers at the Barshop Institute and the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, established last year under the leadership of Sudha Seshadri, M.D., its inaugural director.
“We are exceedingly grateful to the Zachry family for continuing to build on their exemplar legacy of support for biomedical research that benefits the health of our community, South Texas and the world,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, university president. “New state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Zachry Laboratory, complement the many other Zachry family investments in endowed chairs for faculty dedicated to this critically important area of research and more. Their support is truly making a difference.”