In an op-ed published Friday, Sabin president Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., and his Baylor College of Medicine colleague, William Brinkley, Ph.D., applaud the dramatic gains Texas institutions have made to become leaders among the global scientific community. They cite the routinely high ranking of public and private Texas universities as well as a voter approved amendment to start the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Sabin has also been involved in this forward moving momentum. In the last year, the Sabin Vaccine Development program relocated to Houston, TX to establish the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. At the new facilities, we are focused on developing vaccines to fight global diseases of poverty, such as human hookworm and schistosomiasis. Sabin has also been involved in launching theNational School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, the first school in the United States solely committed to addressing the world's most pressing tropical disease issues. These initiatives are helping to make Texas a central research hub that meaningfully impacts the world’s poor by finding solutions for otherwise neglected diseases.

Hotez and Brinkley call on the Texas state government to increase financial investments in leading state institutions, especially at a time when national funding for science and medical research is getting more and more difficult to obtain. By doing so, they would be investing in an “opportunity to make Texas a global powerhouse in scientific research and innovation.”

The full op-ed can be viewed at the Houston Chronicle.