University of Texas renames Center for Infectious Disease after late scientist

The University of Texas has announced that it will rename the Center for Infectious Disease after LaMontagne.

Dr. John Ring LaMontagne will have a research center named after him at the University of Texas.

As a scientist, LaMontagne fought infectious diseases -- such as the flu -- while improving the health of the public across the globe. The Center for Infectious Disease will be renamed for LaMontagne, whose family, friends, colleagues and community have donated over $7 million in his name.

“This is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Dr. LaMontagne, who helped advance the fight against some of the world’s most devastating diseases in his leading role within the National Institutes of Health,” Linda Hicke, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, said. “The center began with a commitment to transformative research into the cause and spread of disease, and it will continue -- as the John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease -- translating groundbreaking research discoveries into better health outcomes for patients and populations.”

Before his death in 2004, LaMontagne was the deputy director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch within the National Institutes of Health.

“John was passionate and dedicated to making this a healthier world,” Elaine LaMontagne, his wife, said. “I know he would be truly honored and pleased with this prestigious naming at his beloved alma mater.”

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