The New Frank C. Arnett, M.D. Center for Immunobiology and Autoimmunity
Linda K. Finger first met Dr. Frank C. Arnett when he was just a young faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). His drive to find a cure for autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases and his dedication to research caught her attention.
After searching the world for the best treatment for her autoimmune disease, Linda selected Dr. Arnett. She chose well: Dr. Arnett's persistence, despite limited resources and initial challenges, has made him a renowned UTHealth rheumatologist. He is recognized worldwide for his investigations into the mechanisms of autoimmune diseases.
Through a generous gift to UTHealth, Linda helped support the new Frank C. Arnett, M.D. Center for Autoimmunity and Immunobiology. The Center is devoted to researching and treating diseases associated with malfunctioning immune systems. It has multiple disease-focused clinics; the Linda K. Finger Lupus Clinic is one component of the Center. It is significant that the Center is building on the University's world-recognized autoimmune disease research and clinical programs.
"Identifying the genes that predispose individuals to these disorders and understanding how they contribute to these disorders are major steps in developing therapies," explains Dr. Arnett. "By building a true 'bench-to-bedside' research and clinical enterprise, the Center will provide state-of-the-art clinical care for each of these specific diseases and create a collaborative environment with basic science researchers."
As Linda says, "My hope is that this effort will ultimately reveal the causes of autoimmune diseases and expedite the availability of new therapies." She adds, "I feel fortunate to be in a position to support this important research."
President Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., wholeheartedly agrees. "Linda has shown that health care is a team sport--and the patient is the most important member of the team."
It is through the generosity of individuals such as Mrs. Linda K. Finger that UT Health has been able to change the history of disease and the lives of our patients.