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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Philanthropist Lyda Hill has pledged $25 million to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to establish a bioinformatics department.
The donation, announced Wednesday, will be used to establish the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics. The new department was recently approved by the UT System Board of Regents.
Bioinformatics involves managing and analyzing large sets of data used in scientific and medical research, such as genetics studies.
“Over the long term, I believe bioinformatics will prove indispensable in bridging the outstanding research activity at UT Southwestern with the most promising clinical applications,” said Hill. “My hope is that our investment will help overcome the technological barriers in managing and analyzing data, enabling patients to benefit from research breakthroughs.”
A statement from UT Southwestern says Hill’s latest donation pushes her total contributions to the center to more than $37.5 million.
“We are deeply grateful for this transformative gift from Lyda Hill, which underscores her role in supporting and promoting Dallas’ reputation as a growing center for biotechnology and medical innovation,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.
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