UTRGV announces $15M gift from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation

HARLINGEN – The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation has donated $15 million to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

The money will be used to create the new UTRGV Institute for Neurosciences.

The institute, which will be based in Harlingen, catalyzes multidisciplinary research, integrated clinical services, educational programs, and community outreach and engagement with hospital partners in the areas of mind/brain health, behavior and prevention.

The university will match the foundation’s gift by purchasing state-of-the-art equipment and personnel for the institute.

“This is another historic day for UTRGV,” said university president Guy Bailey. “One of UTRGV’s priorities is to expand research opportunities that will impact the Valley and beyond. This institute will address an area of healthcare that has been underserved in our region for many years.”

This gift raises UTRGV’s private fundraising total to more than $50 million.

For more on the story read Saturday’s Valley Morning Star.