The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded $8.2 million to The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston to fund three projects focusing on cancer research and prevention efforts.
According to CPRIT, funding eligibility was based on the projects’ level of focus on evidence-based interventions, including increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates, and providing access to colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening, which aims to reduce the incidence of cancer in Texas.
The award will be used for the following projects:
- A $6 million grant was awarded to Dr. James Goodwin, UTMB’s George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine. Goodwin is the principal investigator of a study to research cancer treatments and their outcomes to identify which tests and treatments work best in an effort to help healthcare providers offer better options to patients.
- Dr. Abbey Berenson, director of Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health, was awarded $1.4 million as the principal investigator of an initiative to increase the number of low-income women in Southeast Texas who receive a full series of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
- A $747,000 grant awarded to Dr. Ana Rodriquez, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UTMB, the principal investigator on a cancer prevention project that aims to implement a school-based HPV vaccination program in the lower Rio Grande Valley.
“The funds will allow our talented faculty to continue their work to prevent cancer and discover effective cancer therapies,” Jacobs said.
This award is a continuation of CPRIT’s goal to support institutions and advanced medical research facilities in Texas to promote projects that address the problem of access to advanced cancer treatment for the most vulnerable populations in Texas.
Since its establishment in 2009, two years after Texas voters approved a $3 billion commitment to the project, CPRIT has awarded 1,059 grants totaling more than $1.64 billion.