July 25, 2018


Thirty-Five Acres Being Developed For New Neurosciences Facility

AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) applauds the donation of thirty-five acres of land to UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine from the South Texas Medical Foundation, and is excited at the prospect of further growth in South Texas spurred by better education and healthcare.

"This donation and new facility is another milestone in rural healthcare access, bringing a tremendous amount of  opportunity to the people of South Texas," said Guillen. "I am greatly excited to witness the ways in which UTRGV will benefit our communities in the years to come."

The donated land will be used to develop up to a seventy-thousand square-foot facility for a new Institute of Neurosciences. The center will focus on brain health research, as well as residency programs with an emphasis in Alzheimer's, psychiatry, and other mental health issues. The creation of the Institute of Neurosciences is a part of a larger initiative to make UTRGV a first-tier research institute and to bring brain health centers to new areas throughout the UT system.

The positive impact of a medical school can be seen clearly in the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce found that the healthcare industry contributed $37 billion to the economy, and represented 1 in 6 jobs for San Antonians. Healthcare, not Fiesta Texas or Seaworld, is leading the economic boom of South Texas.

Rep. Guillen has worked diligently to expand access to healthcare and economic opportunity in South Texas. He was an author of the bill that established UTRGV and has fought to secure funding for the university during tense budget fights. Recently, his efforts led to $12.2 million worth of state funds being granted to the school for expansion.

"This is just the beginning. Better facilities and resources means better ability to attract top talent," added Guillen. "I look forward to seeing the incredible ways in which UTRGV will attract new physicians and grow our economy."

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and