As BioNews Texas reported previously, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at Houston $19.1 million in new research and recruitment grants.
In total, CPRIT awarded $61.5 million in 26 new grants across Texas institutions. At MD Anderson $17.1 million will go to fund new breast cancer and leukemia studies, basic scientific investigation on DNA repair, and cancer therapy. The other $2 million will go to recruitment.
“We are thankful to the State of Texas for ensuring novel and life-saving cancer research continues. CPRIT plays an important role in helping us accomplish our mission to end cancer,” said MD Anderson President Dr. Ronald DePinho, in a news release. “CPRIT funding also is vital to our recruitment of some of the nation’s brightest talent in cancer research and care. I congratulate our investigators recognized through this funding and applaud the ongoing scientific and clinical progress of our entire faculty.”
According to the news release MD Anderson’s research award will be distributed in the following manner:
• $5,101,316 to research DNA-protein crosslink repair pathways and cancer therapy (under Junjie Chen, PhD, chair of Experimental Radiation Oncology).
• $6,000,000 to study acute myeloid leukemia in the immunosuppressed microenvironment (under Dr. Michael Andreef, PhD, professor of Leukemia).
• $5,997,677 to investigate a randomized clinical trial platform with translational studies to overcome resistance in triple negative breast cancer, (under Dr. William Symmans, professor of Pathology).
CPRIT provides funding through its research, scientific and product development, and prevention programs. Under the guidance of its oversight committee, CPRIT accepts applications and offers award grants for a wide variety of cancer-related research, and for the delivery of cancer prevention programs and services by public and private entities throughout Texas. All CPRIT-funded research is to be conducted in the state by Texas-based scientists and create new jobs.
Since its establishment in 2009, CPRIT has awarded $1.64 billion in grants to Texas researchers, institutions, and organizations in all of the state’s 254 counties. With goals for creating and expanding research at facilities statewide, CPRIT has attracted more than 110 distinguished researchers to Texas.
The Texas Legislature has charged CPRIT with the development and implementation of the Texas Cancer Plan. The plan is geared to promote statewide public and private policies, programs, and services related to cancer; encourage planning among the public, private, and volunteer sectors for cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and research; and fund more than three million life-saving services to Texans.