The Eberlin Clinical Research Facility

 

The primary mission of all university Medical Schools is to train medical doctors. At most major universities there is a second and very important mission; specifically, conducting medical research related to the detection, treatment, and prevention of medical problems. Within the ‘medical research’ realm, there are relevant subdivisions addressing basic, applied, and clinical research.

 

“Clinical” research is related to translating basic research findings into medical related applications, including developing procedures and medications. At UT Health Science Center at San Antonio the Department of Ophthalmology is noted for both its teaching and research capabilities. However, prior to 2009, the medical research being carried out by both the research and medical staff emphasized basic research that is utilized by specialists located elsewhere who focus on clinical research. The Department wanted to expand their research capabilities and asked the Lions Sight Research Foundation (LSRF) to assist.

 

In cooperation with the Eberlin family, a bequest left to the LSRF by Lion Gene Eberlin – a Founder, past Chairman, and Director Emeritus of the Lion Sight Research Foundation – was used to equip the new clinical research facility in 2009. The Eberlin Clinical Research and Imaging Facility was initially located on the UTHSC/SA campus in the Ophthalmology Department. In 2013, the Eberlin Center will be relocated to the Texas Diabetes Institute in San Antonio and clinical research projects will incorporate more researchers and increased patient participation.

Right, Lion Gene Eberlin

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