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The University of Texas Cancer System: Environmental Science Park, October 11, 1976.

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Jim Thompson, HRC Volunteer, Spring 2019


Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1  (Overview)
Introduction/Necessity of Prevention and Environmental Carcinogens   (listen/read)

Cancer statistics, necessity of prevention and environmental carcinogens.

Chapter 2  (Building the Institution)
Establishment of The UT System Carcinogens Center and Founding of Science Park   (listen/read)


  • Growth and/or Change (Org Structure)
  • Research
  • Prevention
  • On Texas and Texans
  • Donations, Gifts, Contributions
  • MD Anderson and Government
  • MD Anderson History

The University of Texas System Carcinogenesis Center was established through coordination with the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. The newly-formed Carcinogenesis Center will function within the existing MD Anderson facilities as well as in the Science Park in Bastrop County in central Texas. Ground-breaking of the first phase of the Science Park construction began in January 1976. The Bastrop County’s natural surroundings reduce research facility issues of urban pollution and crowded conditions which can affect the subtle processes in scientific activities. Concept of the Science Park originated 13 years prior to 1976 by Dr. R Lee Clark, President of the University of Texas System Cancer Center, to research influence of biohazards (man and the environment) on the health and well-being of man, plants and animals. Donation of land by the Buescher family, initially a part of the Buescher State Park near the city of Smithville. In 1971 the 62nd Texas Legislature authorized the board of regents of the University of Texas System and MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and Tumor Institute to administrate and manage the business.

Chapter 3  (An Institutional Unit)
Veterinary Resources Division: Site and Programs   (listen/read)


  • The Working Environment (Facilities)
  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Education
  • On Texas and Texans

Camp Swift / Veterinary Resources Division of the Science Park site houses the many species of animals used in research institutions throughout the southwest. Buescher Division site contains research laboratories, conference center and maintenance headquarters’ less-disruptive-to-the-environment architectural design. The Jesse H. Jones Research Laboratory Building functional components and research study areas. International Research Advisory Committee is composed of biomedical scientists whose research pertains to cancer cause and prevention. Dr. Charles Shaw, Chief of the Section of Medical Genetics at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute appointed as Acting Director of the Carcinogenesis Center. Over 40 projects are being conducted by Anderson staff investigators. Examples of studies currently being carried out or proposed for the future. The Interpretive Conference Center functional areas, and inclusion of public education via interpretive programs about the environment, exhibits and nature trails.

Chapter 4  (An Institutional Unit)
Veterinary Resources Division: Mission and Functions   (listen/read)


  • Institutional Processes
  • Research
  • Collaboration

Veterinary Resources Division role, development efforts, facilities and functions. Full-time veterinary on-site staff under the direction of Dr. John H. Jardine, Chief of the Section of Experimental Animals at MD Anderson directs the Veterinary Resources Program. Scope of the Veterinary Resources Division and research areas and inclusion of a cooperative program with Texas A&M University for post-doctoral studies on laboratory animals and oncology, and staff from other University of Texas scientific institutions in a scientific advisory capacity. Animal types, and programs used in, within the Veterinary Resources Division. Usual laboratory animal breeding and propagation of certain animals critical to specific (cancer) research.

Chapter 5  (Institutional Mission and Values)
Goals and Conclusion   (listen/read)


  • MD Anderson Impact

The Science Park will further the goals of The University of Texas Oncology Council and Science Park’s support and recognition. The University of Texas System Cancer Center goals.