Director and research team for UTRGV South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute to be announced Monday


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Two news conferences will be held Monday morning to announce that Dr. Sarah Williams-Blangero, a nationally renowned genetics and infectious disease expert, will be the inaugural director of the UTRGV South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute.

In addition, Dr. Williams-Blangero, former chair of the department of genetics at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, is bringing a 22-person team of expert researchers and support staff with her to UTRGV.

The first news conference will take place at 9 a.m. in Salon Cassia at UT Brownsville’s Main (formerly the Education and Business Complex) and will be webcast live at The second news conference will begin at 11:15 a.m. in UT Pan American’s University Ballroom and will be webcast live at

Both events will include remarks from Dr. Williams-Blangero; Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.; Guy Bailey, founding president of UT Rio Grande Valley; and Francisco Fernandez, M.D., founding dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine.