The new announcement highlights grant monies totaling $6,00,000 in CPRIT funding, which will be earmarked to recruit and retain three promising, emerging cancer researchers who are pursing their first faculty appointment in Texas. All three of the researchers are associated with Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, respectively:
- Damian Young, Ph.D., Recruitment to Baylor College of Medicine from The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT – $2,000,000
- Katharina Schlacher, Ph.D., Recruitment to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – $2,000,000
- Koen Venken, Ph.D., Recruitment to Baylor College of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine – $2,000,000
As noted in the CPRIT press release, two of these researchers, Dr. Young and Dr. Schlacher, are relocating from The Broad Institute and Sloan-Kettering, two world-class cancer research institutions. Dr. Venken was already associated with BCM, but will now be part of the tenure-track faculty at the institution. The grants came about as a result of responses to a CPRIT Request for Applications (RFA) seeking to fund recruitment of first-time, tenure-track faculty members at Texas-based cancer research institutions. These three researchers were recommended by the CPRIT Scientific Review Council and ratified by the Oversight Committee.
“Each of the researchers receiving these CPRIT funds have demonstrated high quality work and steadfast commitment to their respective fields,” said Wayne Roberts, chief executive officer for CPRIT. “Through these grants, Texas is providing needed support for accomplished individuals advancing the fight against cancer and, ultimately, fulfilling this agency’s mission to reduce the burden of cancer in our great state.”