Simmons Family Foundation to Fund Research at Three Institutions

A new $3 million gift to Rice University— The Methodist Hospital Research Institute and Texas Children's Hospital will be used for biomedical research. The institutions will collaborate on research, combining science, engineering and medical expertise. The money comes from the Simmons Family Foundation. This is Rice University President David Leebron.
"It's specifically aimed at collaboration among three major institutions and we're fortunate in Houston to have such a tremendous medical center here. Each of the parts is fantastic, but it will be so much stronger if we build these research bridges across the institutions."

The gift will be paid over five years and be used to fund research involving biomedical sciences that affect adults and children. Dr. Michael Lieberman is director of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

"It's a great day for biomedical research and it's a real opportunity for physicians and researchers at three great Houston institutions to collaborate. The Simmons Foundation grants will really facilitate this collaboration and provide a stepping-stone for applying for much larger grants from the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation."

Researchers have until early September to apply for grants, with funding expected to start in early October.
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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...