The Texas Instruments Alumni Association recently granted the Texas Biomedical Device Center with $250,000 in funding to support the center’s mission to develop medical devices and therapies for those who have suffered neurological injuries.
The gift from TIAA, a volunteer organization of Texas Instruments retirees and former employees, is a donation to UT Dallas’ “Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond,” a comprehensive campaign through which the institution intends to become an official Tier One research university. The campaign, which will continue through the end of this year, has already surpassed its goal of reaching $200 million in gifts and pledges for students, faculty research, and programs vital to UT Dallas mission.
To contribute to this mission, TIAA’s donation will establish a distinguished professorship and fund pre-clinical and clinical research for the treatment of brain injuries. The research will begin this year at UT Southwestern Medical Center, with one clinical trial that will focus on the treatment of tinnitus, while another will look at motor recovery after stroke.
Max Post, the association’s vice president of activities, is proud to continue the “strong, productive relationship” with the University of Texas at Dallas. As for the director of the Texas Biomedical Device Center and head of the Department of Bioengineering, Dr. Robert Rennaker, the TIAA’s gift is received with “enormous gratitude” and recognition of the association’s understanding of the importance of biomedical research to the future.
The Texas Biomedical Device Center was established at UT Dallas in 2012. Currently, new biomedical technology and therapies developed at this center receive contributions from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.