Research and Teaching

Faculty excellence at the Health Science Center is demonstrated by faculty members’ participation on many national advisory and governing boards and by their election to high offices in national and professional societies. Faculty recruitment efforts emphasize research as well as teaching. The Health Science Center receives millions of dollars annually in new research, training and public-service grants and contracts for hundreds of projects. The university endowment is growing at an impressive rate.

With the cooperation of medical institutions in the area and the combined resources of the Southwest Research Consortium, both basic and clinical research is underway in such fields as cancer, aging, genetics, immunology, cardiovascular disorders, nutrition, arthritis, osteoporosis, psychiatric disorders, AIDS, new drug development and reproductive biology. The consortium is composed of the Health Science Center, The University of Texas at San Antonio, the Audie L. Murphy Division of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Trinity University, St. Mary’s University, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Southwest Research Institute, the 311th Human Systems Wing at Brooks City-Base and the San Antonio Military Medical Center. 

The Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) is located on a 181-acre site in the Texas Research Park, 20 miles west of the central campus. The IBT is joined by the adjacent South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine, the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, the Institute for Drug Development and the Southwest Oncology Group.

The Robert F. McDermott Clinical Science Building, on the Greehey Academic and Research Campus, houses the Research Imaging Institute as well as research labs and teaching facilities for the clinical pharmacology and clinical pharmacy programs, and the ophthalmology department.

The School of Health Professions programs are located in three campus buildings. The Research Administration Building, adjacent to the McDermott Building and the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, houses three School of Health Professions departments: emergency health sciences, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is housed in the School of Dentistry building on the main campus. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the Department of Respiratory Care are located in the School of Medicine building on the main campus, along with the School of Health Professions dean’s office.

The Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI) is a unique and specialized cancer research center located at the Health Science Center’s Greehey Academic and Research Campus. The mission of the GCCRI is to advance scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer and to accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel therapies. Through discovery, development and dissemination of scientific knowledge with relevancy to childhood cancer, the overarching aim of the GCCRI is to impact the problem of cancer at all ages.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC) is home to the physicians of UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center. With more than 700 doctors — all faculty members from the School of Medicine — UT Medicine is the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas, practicing in more than 100 different medical specialties and subspecialties. Located in the South Texas Medical Center at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, the MARC features state-of-the-art clinics, diagnostic imaging, an ambulatory center, endoscopic suites, operating rooms, physician’s offices and a pharmacy. The MARC complements community physicians who are invited to refer complex cases to UT Medicine specialists and subspecialists.

The South Texas Research Facility (STRF), completed in 2011, houses the university’s growing research enterprise, including the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science and the Center for Healthy Aging. The close proximity of the 190,000-square-foot STRF to the MARC fuels the translation of basic research discoveries into new treatments and cures to save lives.

The Center of Oral Health Care & Research, completed in 2015, is located next door to UT Medicine's Medical Arts & Research Center and is the new home for the School of Dentistry's clinical practice, UT Dentistry San Antonio. The 198,000-square-foot facility provides for all aspects of students', residents', faculty and patients' clinical experiences and creates an environment that supports the finest in comprehensive and multi-specialty patient care.

The Academic Learning & Teaching Center (ALTC) is the newest building on the Health Science Center's main campus. Dedicated in 2016, the 130,000-square-foot ALTC features more than 33 ultra-modern classrooms and strategic learning spaces, and a state-of-the-art digital anatomy laboratory with 3-D interactive imaging capabilities. The largest ALTC classrooms can accommodate 280 students, and smaller seminar rooms seat 12-18. In every room, the technology and furniture design encourages active learning.