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Brain Health Research | Spotlight on Top-Tier

Brain Health Research | Spotlight on Top-Tier

Excellence in Research

UTSA is a world leader in brain health research. Currently, 40 UTSA researchers are engaged in research on brain mechanisms and therapeutics in health and disease.  UTSA labs are clustered into areas that work on neurodegeneration; brain circuits and electrical signaling; addiction, stress and motivation; learning, memory and cognition; traumatic brain injury and neuroinflammation; regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies; as well as medicinal chemistry and drug design. These labs are leveraging technologies and vantage points from biology, biophysics, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, kinesiology, health and nutrition, and psychology. Additionally, UTSA recently hired Jenny Hseih, a nationally recognized researcher and Semmes Foundation Chair in Cell Biology, as the director of the UTSA Brain Health Consortium.

Millions of dollars in grants and endowments have been awarded to UTSA, furthering its brain health initiative. Most recently, a more than $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is helping UTSA researchers gain a better understanding of degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. A $1.8 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health is helping further research at UTSA into treating drug addiction by manipulating dopamine levels. Other research conducted at UTSA laboratories is funded through The Department of Defense and National Science Foundation.

Brain health research is conducted across five top-tier research centers, including the UTSA Neurosciences Institute, the San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute, the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery and the Institute for Health Disparities Research.

Additionally, UTSA is building upon its brain health research space with the new Science and Engineering building. Construction is underway for the $95 million structure, the largest construction project in UTSA history. In addition to collaborating with other disciplines, the building will feature state of the art equipment and laboratories dedicated to brain health research when it opens in 2020.


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One of the “Best of the Best” U.S. universities for minorities, veterans, females, individuals with disabilities and LGBT students
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Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification
— Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
No. 8 in the nation in awarding education bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students
— Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
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The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.

Our Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

Our Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.