The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) Center for BrainHealth recently honored former Texas Rep. Dan Branch with a Legacy Award in honor of his legislative work that saw the state issue matching funds for private charitable gifts to the center.
“Dan Branch’s efforts have helped elevate
the cause of brain health to the forefront of discussions not only in Texas but
nationwide,” Center for BrainHealth Founder and Chief Director Dr. Sandra Chapman said.
“Because of his legislative work, we have been able to attract top talent from
around the world to grow our research team and continue to make meaningful
scientific discoveries that improve lives today.”
Branch authored the Tier One Universities
law, which helped encourage charitable giving to public research universities
by matching those gifts with state funds. Because of the law, UT Dallas has
received $80 million in matching state funds in addition to $100 million in
private charitable gifts.
“I am most grateful to the UT Dallas Center
for BrainHealth for its outstanding work and this gracious honor,” Branch
said. “Family members, generous donors, academic leaders and legislative
colleagues are the real heroes who inspired and supported my efforts to advance
education, innovation and scientific research in Texas.”
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