Robert and Janice McNair Foundation Names
a McNair Scholar at Texas Heart Institute
Houston, Texas (August 21, 2013) – Dr.
Emerson Perin, director of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) Stem Cell Center and
of Clinical Research for Cardiovascular Medicine, has been named a McNair
Scholar at THI.
Robert and Janice McNair Foundation established the McNair Medical Institute
and the McNair Scholars Program to recognize and support the work of outstanding
scientists and physicians.
| Robert & Janice McNair and Dr. Emerson Perin
Perin's outstanding work as a cardiovascular interventionist who uses adult
stem cells in the treatment of cardiovascular disease holds great promise for
the future of medicine," said Dr. Charles R. Neblett, Director, McNair Medical
Institute. "Dr. Perin joins an elite group of
scientists and intellectual leaders who are committed to excellence and medical
are proud of this honor for Dr. Perin, a dedicated and distinguished
physician/scientist, and are very grateful for the robust and farsighted
support of the McNairs and their Foundation. They are true partners in building
a healthier world for everyone," added Dr. James T. Willerson, THI's president
and medical director.
Robert and Janice McNair Foundation is a private foundation established in 1988
Based in Houston, Texas, the Foundation has made grants to a wide variety of
charitable organizations and programs.
In 2007, the focus changed to medical research and supporting McNair
Scholars. The McNair Scholars began when the McNairs established undergraduate
scholarship programs at their alma maters, the University of South Carolina and
Columbia College in South Carolina. The
McNairs, founders of the Houston Texans football team, initially identified
four areas of focus for the first McNair Scholars – breast cancer, diabetes,
pancreatic cancer and neurosciences.
In October 2008, the Foundation granted $2.5
million to the Texas Heart Institute to create
the McNair Scholars Program and named Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh, a member of THI
professional staff and chairman of The
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Cardiology Department, as the
first THI McNair Scholar. [Read the Heart Watch article (page 1).]
Learn more about Dr. Perin and the Stem Cell Center
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