Last week, BioNews Texas highlighted the announcement of the first release of cancer funding to a Texas-based cancer research institution in nearly a year. The release of funds to Texas A&M researchers as part of the agency’s commitment to rolling the dice on high impact/high risk cancer treatment endeavors, was in fact an act of CPRIT making good on funds that were grated last yeah, just ahead of the funding freeze. Now, however, CPRIT has announced the funding for ten more cancer prevention grants, which are helping to characterize early on how the newly reformed cancer fighting agency wants to position itself and utilize its funding resources.
The ten new grants, which total $10,778,222, support a range of prevention services including screening, vaccinations, and survivor care and provide funding to address critical needs and reach underserved populations across the state, according to a recent CPRIT press release.
Dr. Rebecca Garcia, CPRIT’s chief prevention officer, was out in front of the announcement, highlighting the importance of not only investing in cancer research, but in prevention as well:”The grants awarded today will help fund targeted high-quality, high-impact projects aligned with CPRIT’s commitment to fund prevention services with the goal of reducing the burden of cancer across the state,” and adding that, “We’re pleased to make these awards and mark an important milestone in resuming CPRIT grant making operations.”
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Five of the ten new grants are aimed at funding projects that will focus on critically important cancer prevention services, such as “providing screening, diagnostic, and vaccine services to underserved populations in Texas, including residents in rural areas and refugee women.” The remaining grants also seek to support cancer survivor care initiatives as well through the “funding of services for childhood cancer survivors, quality of life initiatives for low-income breast cancer survivors, and expansion of the West Texas Cancer Survivors Network.” Also included in the new grants are a focus on implementing programs that support a greater knowledge of cancer-related risk, such as the establishment of smoke-free workplaces, and even cancer screen among underserved groups, such as Vietnamese women.
Similar to the recent Texas A&M awards, these newly-awarded prevention grants were part of the 44 grant applications submitted in response to CPRIT Request for Applications (RFAs) issued in May 2012. The fact that CPRIT has sought to lift these awards early in the process of relaunching the organization indicated that supporting prevention will be a key focus for CPRIT moving forward.
The awarded grants include:
- Baylor College of Medicine, Improving Breast Cancer Screening and Follow-up of Medically Underserved Harris County Residents – $1,467,966
- Baylor College of Medicine, A Novel Online Patient-Centered Decision Support Service to Empower Childhood Cancer Survivors in Managing Screening and Prevention of Late Effects of Treatment – $1,499,929
- Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Enhanced Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention for Low-Income and Underserved Using Transdisciplinary Collaboration in a Family Medicine Setting – $1,499,993
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, The El Paso and Hudspeth County Breast Cancer Education, Screening and Navigation (BEST) Program – $1,098,920
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, De Casa En Casa: Preventing Cervical Cancer in El Paso County and Hudspeth County – $1,096,011
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, The West Texas Cancer Survivors Center – Phase II – $300,000
- The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Building Bridges: Cancer Prevention Education for Refugee Women – $1,387,544
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Promoting Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening among Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers – $299,898
- The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Expanding the Integral Care Campus and Community Model into a Statewide Cancer Prevention Program – $1,499,281
- The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Active Living After Breast Cancer: Combining a Physical Activity Program with Survivor Navigation – $628,680