John Kerr and John L. VandeBerg, Ph.D., both affiliated with the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) for many years, have been designated Health Care Heroes by the San Antonio Business Journal. The annual award honors leaders in the city’s health care and biomedical fields. All 17 awardees will be recognized at a reception tonight at the McNay Art Museum.
“We are extremely proud of these two individuals for their tireless work on behalf of the Foundation and for biomedical research having relevance worldwide,” said Kenneth P. Trevett, SFBR’s president and CEO.
Kerr, an investor who heads Moorman Kerr Interests, will be recognized as a health care advocate. He is an SFBR trustee. Kerr served as the SFBR board chair from 1998 until 2007 and as the Foundation’s interim president from 2006 to 2008. He was crucial in establishing the SFBR spin-off company EvestraTM.
VandeBerg, SFBR’s chief scientific officer and director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center, will be recognized for his work in biomedical research. VandeBerg joined SFBR in 1980 and started its Department of Genetics in 1982. His research interests include cancer, Chagas disease, tuberculosis, heart disease and nervous system regeneration.