Since 1970, the women of the Texas Biomedical Forum have been working to educate the South Texas community about the groundbreaking work that is ongoing at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

About the Forum

On August 4, 1971, Dottie Block, the Forum’s first President, said,

“The original concept came from Mrs. S. S. Kalter, Mr. Lewis T. Johnson, Mr. L. Richard Smith Jr. and Dr. Harold Vagtborg to establish a women’s group in support of Southwest Foundation for Research and Education, now known as the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Soon, Mrs. James W. Gorman Jr., Mrs. Daniel J. Sullivan IV and I agreed to act as co-chairmen to organize the initial Board of Trustees, try to interest other women in joining us and begin the legal process including a charter from the state and nonprofit, tax-exempt status.”

The purpose of the Texas Biomedical Forum continues to be to support the Texas Biomedical Research Institute through community relations, volunteer services and fundraising.

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary we would like to thank each of you for your ongoing support of the Forum. Our membership is the key component of the ongoing success of this organization and the impact it has on our community. If you are joining the Forum for the first time, we welcome you into our membership ranks!

Your Forum membership allows you to stay up to date with all social, community and fundraising activities of the Forum as well as learning more about Texas Biomed. Our members are included in all of our social events as well as receiving invitations to the Forum’s Lecture Lunch series and Roundtable Discussion events. Forum members also receive priority notification of table sales for the Forum Gala, one of the most sought after event tickets in the city. Exclusive members-only tours of the Texas BioMed campus are also available on request.

Community Relations

The Forum hosts Student Tours of the 200-acre Texas BioMed campus for a handful of high school science programs each year. These tours of San Antonio’s biomedical research jewel expose these bright young students to the exciting possibilities of a career in science. The student tours are a fantastic opportunity for area high school students, and a rewarding experience for Forum volunteers.


For the past 21 years, the Texas Biomedical Forum and the V.H. McNutt Memorial Foundation have joined forces for the Science Education Awards. Local public and private high school teachers are invited to participate. The awards are given to the top six teachers whose proposals demonstrate the strongest commitment to the scientific process and the further development of progressive science education programs.


The Forum’s commitment to educating its membership and the community about Texas Biomed’s research is highlighted at the fall and spring Lecture Luncheon events featuring Texas Biomed scientists discussing timely research topics. Held at The Argyle, the lectures inform members and guests about innovative medical topics and the cutting-edge research taking place at Texas Biomed and its positive impact on human health. All Forum members as well as guests are invited to participate in these educational events.


The Forum in partnership with Texas Biomed hosts a Roundtable Discussions evening event annually at The Argyle. These events feature the work being done by a handful of the Texas BioMed research scientists. Attendees are afforded the incredible opportunity of sitting alongside a scientist with the ability to ask questions regarding their current project. This is truly a unique experience where anyone can learn about the exciting research that in ongoing at Texas BioMed in a congenial environment. Forum members and guests are welcome to attend.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Forum is an active organization that offers its members a variety of opportunities in which to get involved. Whether donating time, talents or treasures, members derive a high sense of accomplishment in knowing their efforts are furthering a world-class organization, Texas Biomed.


Forum Gala and Forum Grants

The first Saturday in May annually marks the occasion of the Forum Gala. One of the most sought after event gala tickets in the city. This can’t miss event, is the primary fundraising tool of the Forum. You can support the Gala through Table Sales, After Party Tickets as well as other sponsorship opportunities.


Every summer, the Forum provides Texas Biomed with a sizable check from that year’s Gala proceeds. These funds are then distributed to select scientists in support of their research needs. The Forum sponsors a series of one-year pilot projects that can lead to subsequent and often significant federal research funding. Over the last sixteen years, the Forum has provided over $3 million. The results of those pilot studies has generated an additional $60 million in grant funding for Texas Biomed. The impact of the Forum’s fundraising efforts through the Gala and Forum Grants is a valuable component in furthering Texas Biomed’s mission of enhancing lives through research.


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