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President Cárdenas new chair of UT Borderplex Health Council
By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative
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Posted: 03/11/2008
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Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, recently assumed the chair of the UT Borderplex Health Council and will lead the council's mission to promote education and research to address the health challenges of the South Texas border region.

Established in 2006, the UT Borderplex Health Council is a collaborative initiative bringing together the scientific and health research expertise of two of The University of Texas System health science centers with the knowledge and skills of the many UT System academic institutions along the Texas-Mexico border.


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- Dr. Blandina Cárdenas
Its founding members include The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its Regional Academic Health Center campuses in Harlingen and Edinburg, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and its School of Public Health, The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. The Council also works collaboratively with the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Laredo Campus Extension, The University of Texas at El Paso and the UT School of Public Health’s El Paso regional campus. The current Council also includes community representatives from the border region.

"The Borderplex institution presidents are united in our commitment to collaboration that will strengthen this work on the border," Cárdenas said.

The council offers financial support in the form of grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 to promote inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research, scientific inquiry, and programs initially targeting three significant health-related issues facing border residents – diabetes, obesity and the nursing workforce shortage.

Since its inception, it has funded $550,000 in 11 proposals examining topics ranging from the susceptibility of tuberculosis in diabetic patients to a feasibility evaluation of expanding existing accelerated LVN to BSN/RN nursing programs to additional campuses.

For more information on the Borderplex Council or proposal submission procedures, contact Carol Rausch, assistant to the UTPA president, at 956/381-2127 or via e-mail at bradencr@utpa.edu.