- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has launched a state-funded research institute dedicated to brain injuries.

The Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair will include UT Southwestern, UT Dallas, several medical facilities and the National Institute of Health. The institute also will have ties to the National Football league and the U.S. Defense Department.

The project is getting $15 million in funding from the Texas Legislature.

In a statement Friday, UT Southwestern President Daniel K. Podolsky said the focus would be on “thousands of military veterans, athletes, and accident victims in Texas and beyond who are dealing with this challenge.”