Healthcare and medical research in Texas just got a major boost. The Mulva Family Foundation announced a $75 million donation to the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
A $50 million gift was given to advance neuroscience, with an initial focus on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and bipolar disorder. The grant will create the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences at the new Dell Medical School in Austin.
"We are pleased to establish a new and innovative neurology clinic combining UT Austin’s state-of-the-art research with advanced clinical operations for these widespread and difficult diseases that impact so many people and families,” said Jim and Miriam Mulva in a release.
The two are long-time supporters of advancing healthcare in Texas. Past donations by the Mulva family to the university include multi-year pledges of $40 million to support the McCombs School of Business and $20 million to support the Cockrell School of Engineering.
In addition to creating the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, the Mulva Family Foundation has given $25 million to fund melanoma and prostate cancer research and patient care at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The goal of the gift, which will be divided equally between prostate and melanoma research, is to advance research and patient care towards two of the most aggressive types of cancer.
“We are profoundly grateful for the Mulva Family Foundation’s remarkable support of MD Anderson’s mission,” said MD Anderson president Ronald A. DePinho, in the release. “Together, we will change the statistics and create new hope for patients and their loved ones facing the challenges of cancer.”
James Mulva is past chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips and is chair of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors. The couple split their time between Austin and Green Bay, Wisconsin.