Dr. Philip Horner traveled to Austin, TX on March 20, 2023 to testify to the Texas House of Representatives Special Council of Higher Education on H.B. 15 that would create a new Mental Health and Brain Research Institute of Texas. The proposed legislation would generate significant academic and financial support for biomedical research initiatives relating to mental health and brain-related sciences, an organizational structure that is similar to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).