University receives $75M grant for health care research, patient care efforts

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The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has received a $75 million gift to fund health care initiatives on campus, as well as at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The gift comes from philanthropists Jim and Miriam Mulva and the Mulva Family Foundation.

A grant worth $50 million will go toward creating the Mulva Clinic for Neurosciences, which will fund patient care and neurology research. Initial research will be geared toward Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and bipolar disorder. The Dell Medical School at UT Austin, Jim Mulva's alma mater, will encompass the clinic.

Another $25 million will go toward melanoma and prostate cancer research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

"We are pleased to establish a new and innovative neurology clinic combining UT Austin's state-of-the-art research with advanced clinical operations for these widespread and difficult diseases that impact so many people and families," Jim and Miriam Mulva said in a statement from the university, adding "furthermore, we have a passion and commitment to help MD Anderson—the premier cancer center in the world—treat and ultimately eradicate cancer" (McMahon, Green Bay Press-Gazette, 12/14).

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