Lab Leader: Texas Biomedical Research Institute

As one of the world's leading independent biomedical research institutions, San Antonio-based Texas Biomedical Research Institute is advancing global health through innovative biomedical research.

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:40
San Antonio-based Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a leader in its field, is advancing global health through innovative research. "Texas Biomed preceded by decades the appearance of a medical school, dental school or graduate programs in biomedical disciplines in this city," says Kenneth Trevett, institute president. "In many ways, it was the fountainhead of what has now become an international powerhouse of businesses, clinics, hospitals, universities and research institutions." Located on a 200-acre campus in northwest San Antonio, Texas Biomed is home to 75 doctoral-level biomedical scientists, including 28 principal investigators. Their 200-plus projects relate to genetics, virology and immunology, and nonhuman primates as models of disease. Resources include the Southwest National Primate Research Institute, which houses the largest baboon colony in the world, and the AT&T Genomics Computing Center, host to 8,000 processors. Texas Biomed also conducts human population studies across the globe, and has one of only four Level Four biocontainment laboratories in the United States, allowing researchers to study the deadliest of pathogens. "All of these resources, together with the skills of our scientists, are available to third parties in government, academia and the private sector," Trevett says. Among Texas Biomed's many accomplishments are development of a high-frequency ventilator to rescue premature babies, codevelopment of the current Hepatitis B vaccine, identification of genes that influence heart disease, diabetes and other common health problems, and development of vaccines, antibodies and antitoxins for deadly bioterrorism agents.