The UT Southwestern Medical Center recently announced it has received a $25 million gift from Lyda Hill to provide funding for the establishment of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics — an initiative designed to bring research and clinical care closer together.
The new Department was recently evaluated and approved by the UT System Board of Regents and will be fully dedicated to advancing UT Southwestern’s capacities in bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is a discipline that provides tools to researchers that allow for the analysis and management of large amounts of data, which can be extremely useful in researching and addressing some of the most relevant medical and scientific challenges. The goal of bioinformatics is ultimately to discover meaningful patterns in large data sets that might lead to developing novel therapeutic strategies and to better understanding diseases.
Ms. Hill has already contributed over $37.5 million to UT Southwestern to support several research projects designed to advance the institution’s genetic mutations database.
Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, said: “We are deeply grateful for this transformative gift from Lyda Hill, which underscores her role in supporting and promoting Dallas’ reputation as a growing center for biotechnology and medical innovation. By establishing the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, UT Southwestern will significantly expand our existing expertise in this critical field.”
Hill added, “Over the long term, I believe bioinformatics will prove indispensable in bridging the outstanding research activity at UT Southwestern with the most promising clinical applications. My hope is that our investment will help overcome the technological barriers in managing and analyzing data, enabling patients to benefit from research breakthroughs.”
The money That Hill has donated will be used for recruiting new faculty, supporting investments in modern computing infrastructure and supporting bioinformatics training programs.
Gaudenz Danuser, a renowned Cell Biology professor, will lead the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics. “I am honored to be leading the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics. I appreciate Miss Hill’s confidence, and I see this as an opportunity to bring bioinformatics to an unprecedented level of excellence at UT Southwestern,” he said.