El Paso Days – This week, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso, community, political and business leaders traveled to Austin to ensure that the needs of far West Texas are considered this legislative session. The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce organizes this event every two years, which gives local and state officials the opportunity to meet during a series of policy driven meetings. One of our main goals was to show solidarity in gaining funding for additional clinical and research buildings for the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine – which would provide work space for additional researchers, instructional area for medical, nursing and biomedical students and clinical space for our patients.
CPRIT– Speaking of research, it was my pleasure to meet with CEO Wayne Roberts from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). He and some of his key staff gave the El Paso group insight into how the institute functions and expressed great admiration for the work we are doing in El Paso. However, our job does not stop there. There are various funding cycles through the year that we need to follow. I encourage all our scientists, to explore the CPRIT website at www.cprit.state.tx.us and see how your great work might be funded through a CPRIT grant.
Mighty Mujer Triathlon – Last week, we had positive feedback regarding the Walkin’ the Talk lecture on triathlon training – specifically from those taking the plunge and entering the Mighty Mujer Triathlon. Texas Tech Physicians will sponsor the Athlete Expo at the triathlon – the only all-female triathlon in the region. I hope to have as many TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff, students – and family members – as possible participate in the event. To register, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/ElPaso/MightyMujerTriathlon.