CPRIT In The News

CPRIT Chief Compliance Officer David Reisman Recognized for Outstanding Service

Today, the Texas Ethics Commission formally recognized David Reisman, CPRIT chief compliance officer, for faithful execution and outstanding performance of duties. Reisman served as executive director of the Commission from October 2006 to December 2013 prior to joining CPRIT.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Releases New Requests for Applications

New Requests for Applications Offer Opportunities for Research, Prevention and Product Development Grant Awards

AUSTIN - The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has released nine new requests for applications (RFAs) for grant awards. The new RFAs cover all three of CPRIT’s program areas and include three RFAs for research, three RFAs for prevention and three RFAs for product development.

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CPRIT Hires Chief Compliance Officer

David Reisman to Oversee CPRIT Compliance Process

AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has selected David Reisman as the agency’s chief compliance officer (CCO). Reisman was previously executive director of the Texas Ethics Commission which administers and enforces campaign finance, lobby and conflict of interest laws for the state.

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CPRIT Names Chief Executive Officer

CPRIT Oversight Committee Hires Interim Executive Director Wayne R. Roberts to Lead Institute

AUSTIN — At its meeting today, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee named Wayne R. Roberts chief executive officer. Roberts has held the position of interim executive director of the agency since December 2012 when he was hired to stabilize CPRIT and work with the legislature to strengthen the agency's governance and accountability.

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CPRIT Awards Prevention Grants

Ten new CPRIT grants support evidence-based cancer prevention services and health behavior change through public education

AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 10 grants through its prevention program. The grants, totaling $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.

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CPRIT Announces New Scientific Review Council

As one of the first steps in reinitiating its research grants program, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has recruited new members to its Scientific Review Council. The council oversees the grant peer review process for one of the most ambitious, publicly funded cancer research programs in the nation. Comprised of some of the most distinguished cancer research scientists and clinicians from across the country, the council will help guide the direction and ensure the quality of the state’s investment of cancer research funds over the next several years.

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Moratorium on CPRIT Grant Award Process Lifted

On October 30, 2013, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker authorized CPRIT grant operations to be resumed.

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Roadmap to Resuming Grant Awards

Since the legislature passed SB 149, CPRIT has been moving ahead with efforts to resume the agency’s grant awards process. View the CPRIT Roadmap to Resuming Grant Awards for a timeline and summary of activities and priorities critical for the agency to resume the grant awards process with deliberate purpose, accountability and transparency. As we continue to make progress, check back for updates on the status of individual activities and priorities.

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Governor Perry Signs SB 149

Governor Perry has signed into law Senate Bill 149, the reform bill revising CPRIT’s enabling legislation. The legislation strengthens CPRIT and allows the agency to fulfill its vital mission to fight cancer in Texas with transparency and accountability.  Click the link below to view key enhancements of CPRIT Operations and Governance in SB 149.

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Update from Interim Executive Director - 05/28/2013

With the end of the 83rd Texas Legislature’s Regular Session, I want to provide an update on CPRIT’s progress and expectations going forward.
 
Senate Bill 149, the reform bill revising CPRIT’s enabling legislation, has been sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature. This bill, which will become law immediately upon the governor’s signature, strengthens CPRIT operations and governance. Significant provisions include:

  • Heightened conflict-of-interest standards for CPRIT staff, Oversight Committee members, and reviewers;
  • Process improvements for developing and approving grants, and;
  • More consistent and effective monitoring of grantees’ performance.

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Margaret Kripke Selected as AACR Academy Fellow

CPRIT Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Margaret Kripke has been selected to join the inaugural class of the Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy. The inaugural class includes 106 individuals recognized as distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have lead to significant innovation and progress against cancer. The inaugural Fellows will be inducted into the AACR Academy at the AACR Annual Meeting in April 2013.

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Update on CPRIT Grant Moratorium

In a March 19 letter to the Oversight Committee, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House authorized CPRIT to move forward with the 25 researcher recruitment grants approved by the Oversight Committee in August and December 2012.

Once information becomes available regarding the remaining August and December awards that are awaiting final contracts, an update will be posted on CPRIT’s website.

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Letter to the Editor: Houston

Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose, a CPRIT Prevention award recipient, reflects on her testimony before the Texas Legislature on CPRIT funding.

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State Money Trying to Reverse Flow of Cancer Research Leaving Texas

David G. Lowe, a California venture capitalist, and George Georgiou at the University of Texas, a CPRIT Research award recipient, share how "CPRIT financing has gotten people’s attention."

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Cancer Advocates Wait for CPRIT Moratorium to End

Cancer advocates from across the state weigh in on the grant moratorium and the future of the agency.

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Friend to Friend Event Well Attended

More than 75 women throughout Parker County received breast and cervical cancer prevention education through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Friend to Friend Staying Healthy Together Program, a best practice initiative funded by CPRIT. The Friend to Friend project offers a coordinated approach to education, screening, diagnosis, and referrals for women who are uninsured and over 65 years of age living in 49 frontier, rural, and border counties in Texas.

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Implementation of the State Auditor’s Report and other Reforms

Positive steps have begun to ensure proper controls and procedures are in place to prevent reoccurrence of issues identified by the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). These actions are designed to increase transparency and strengthen administrative controls of grant awards, both of which are crucial for restoring the Legislature's and public's trust in CPRIT's ability to carry out its mission.

View CPRIT's Implementation Plan – This document provides a detailed description of how CPRIT is addressing the 41 SAO recommendations, proposed legislative changes, and other changes. This document changes frequently and is the most recent available.

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Update from Interim Executive Director - 01/28/2013

The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) conducted a review of CPRIT’s first years of operation, covering the period from September 1, 2008, through June 30, 2012. The SAO audit report was officially released today and includes findings and recommendations for the agency.  

See Wayne Roberts’ transmitted letter to the SAO 

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Message from Interim Executive Director Wayne Roberts

We understand that many of our grantees, applicants and other stakeholders have questions about the effects of the recently announced moratorium on new CPRIT awards.  Senior advisor Billy Hamilton and I reported to work on December 27, 2012, and our first priority is to review existing project solicitation, application, review, and approval processes and then to determine if those procedures were followed for cancer research and prevention grants announced at the August 2 and December 5, 2012, CPRIT Oversight Committee meetings. The respective Peer Review Committees reviewed and recommended these projects to the Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee did not disapprove these projects but not all contracts have been finalized.

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CPRIT SELECTS TWO SEASONED EXECUTIVES TO LEAD THE AGENCY FORWARD

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the appointment of Wayne Roberts to be Interim Executive Director of the agency. Roberts will serve in this capacity until a permanent Executive Director can be hired. Mansour also announced that former Texas Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton has agreed to serve as a senior advisor to the CPRIT Executive Director and CPRIT Oversight Committee.

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Message from CPRIT Leadership

In a letter sent December 19, 2012 to the CPRIT Oversight Committee, Governor Perry, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and House Speaker Straus stated that, "To continue this important work with the credibility it deserves, it is vital that CPRIT fully address the concerns that have been raised about its process and operations prior to future grants being awarded." See the full letter.

The CPRIT Oversight Committee Chairman Jimmy Mansour and Vice Chairman Joseph S. Bailes, M.D., issued the following statement:

"The CPRIT Oversight Committee agrees with and endorses the call by Governor Perry, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and House Speaker Straus for a moratorium on CPRIT grants until concerns about the agency are addressed. These issues need to be resolved to restore public confidence in CPRIT."

We expect that this will not affect currently funded grants. We will keep you updated as we have more information.

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Pre-Transplant Umbilical Cord Blood Expansion in Lab Speeds Establishment of New Blood Supply in Pat

Researchers working on a project partially funded by CPRIT report in the December 13 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine that donated umbilical cord blood establishes a new blood supply in patients more quickly after transplantation when it is first expanded in the lab on a bed of cells that mimics conditions in the bone marrow. The phase 1/2 study led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center addresses the main difficulty with using umbilical cord blood stem cells to replace the blood supply of patients who have had theirs destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other blood- based diseases.

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CPRIT Announces $85 Million in Research Awards

CPRIT is pleased to announce 75 Research awards to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. Included are 11 new CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research awards that will potentially bring investigators from institutions such as Harvard, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to the state.

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Innovations Conference a Success

The 3rd annual Innovations conference was a tremendous success – our largest conference to date! See the abstracts accepted this year, photos from the conference on Facebook, and video on YouTube. Presentation slides are also available!

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES $85 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT AWARDS TO SUPPORT CANCER-FIGHTING PROJECTS IN TEXAS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced more than $85 million in funding to support 75 new scientific research projects and scientific recruits to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. These new awards bring the total tally of funded grants to 502, amounting to nearly $841 million since the Institute opened its doors in 2009.

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CPRIT APPOINTS DR. MARGARET L. KRIPKE AS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret L. Kripke to the position of chief scientific officer, where she will be responsible for overseeing the Institute’s Research portfolio. Historically, CPRIT’s Research portfolio has funded the majority of the Institute’s $300 million in annual grant awards, and is the second largest funding source for cancer-related research in the U.S. CPRIT’s other portfolios include Prevention, which focuses on reducing cancer incidence among Texans utilizing the latest proven methodologies, and Commercialization, which centers on efforts to quickly get lifesaving products to Texans battling the disease.

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Cancer institute strives to pave quick pathway to patients

Thanks to the Chronicle for presenting Todd Ackerman and Eric Berger's Nov. 10 story reporting University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's and the UT Board of Regents' unqualified support and confidence in Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., president of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Also, thanks for the Nov. 11 Chronicle essay by Bill Gimson reporting on the background and progress of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas' mission and goals. These two pieces together go a long way toward correcting some of the false impressions that have been created by statements previously reported in the Chronicle from individuals no longer associated with CPRIT.

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Key discovered to how chemotherapy drug causes heart failure

Scientists at MD Anderson, working on a project partially funded by CPRIT, have discovered the reasons behind cancer drug Doxorubicin's damage to cancer patients' hearts, allowing for easier identification of patients who can safely use it to kill tumors.

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Mirna Therapeutics Secures $34.5 Million Series C Financing to Advance Oncology microRNA Pipeline in

Cancer development and commercialization company Mirna Therapeutics announced a new round of funding that positions the company to make greater strides in using microRNA therapies to fight cancer.

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African-Americans, Economically Disadvantaged Populations More Likely to Present With Emergency Colo

Conducting research supported by CPRIT, UT Southwestern’s Sandi Pruitt (who is also a CPRIT Scholar) found that African-Americans and those living in poverty are at higher risk of contracting colorectal cancer, reinforcing screening recommendations.

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CPRIT Announces the Start of Its Third Annual “Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research” Co

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is pleased to announce the opening of its third annual “Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research” conference. At the conference, CPRIT’s largest to date, CPRIT grantees will showcase the work made possible by the Institute across its research, prevention and commercialization portfolios. 

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Why Texas’ growth still draws high achievers

Did you know that CPRIT has granted $130 million to help bring 43 top-notch cancer researchers to Texas? An article in Saturday's Dallas Morning News highlights researchers' "chance to build something" by relocating to Texas. These experts cited Texas' population growth, commitment to its infrastructure and the "opportunity to do big things" as reasons for coming to the Lone Star State.
 

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UT Southwestern investigators awarded $48.2 million in latest round of CPRIT grants

CPRIT has awarded $48.2 million in new grants to investigators at UT Southwestern Medical Center to support cancer-related projects and to recruit pre-eminent cancer researchers.

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Baylor College of Medicine receives additional $14 million in state cancer funding

CPRIT has awarded researchers from the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston an additional $14 million in grants.

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UTMB receives $1.2 M HPV grant

A $1.2 million CPRIT grant will allow Dr. Abbey Berenson of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to start a program that will provide vaccination against cervical cancer to many low-income women who receive health care services at the medical branch.

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UTD to enact tobacco ban

In response to a new CPRIT policy, university officials implemented a ban targeted at further eliminating tobacco on the UT-Dallas campus.

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Up in smoke: UTSA moves towards tobacco-free campus

At UTSA, new smoking restrictions have been implemented around campus buildings where CPRIT-funded research is conducted.

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Our View: West Texans can help expand Tech’s role in cancer research

Texas is emerging as a national and world leader in cancer research, and CPRIT grants are having an impact on West Texas and the state overall.

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Chemist K.C. Nicolaou to join Rice U. faculty

With the aid of a $6 million recruitment grant from CPRIT, pioneering chemist Kyriacos Costa "K.C." Nicolaou of California's acclaimed Scripps Research Institute will join the Rice University faculty in 2013.

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LIFR protein suppresses breast cancer metastasis

In research partially funded by CPRIT, a team headed by MD Anderson scientists found that a receptor protein suppresses local invasion and metastasis of breast cancer cells, the most lethal aspect of the disease.

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Experts: Spend more on cancer prevention

At CPRIT's Future Directions Regional Stakeholders Meeting in San Antonio, local researchers, health professionals and advocates recommended that more CPRIT funding should be devoted to cancer prevention in the coming years.

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Transforming universities in Texas

CPRIT's funds for fighting cancer are highlighted as one of several state mechanisms that are bolstering research at Texas public institutions.

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CPRIT Statement on Dr. Gilman’s resignation and CPRIT’s future direction

With the departure of Dr. Gilman, CPRIT is entering a new era. It is no surprise that some of the current reviewers have chosen to leave at this time. We have identified several exceptional candidates to succeed Dr. Gilman as Chief Scientific Officer, and this individual's first order of business will be to recruit outstanding cancer experts to serve as peer reviewers under his or her leadership. We have every confidence that CPRIT will have a full cadre of expert peer reviewers in place for the next scientific review cycle.

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Innovations Conference

If you haven't already, register today for this exciting event in Austin October 24-26. Check out the program schedule for a look at our impressive line up of speakers and sessions!

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CPRIT Applauds MD Anderson Moon Shots Initiative

Today's "Moon Shots" announcement from the MD Anderson Cancer Center represents the kind of bold and uncompromising vision that is necessary to put an end to cancer once and for all. We at CPRIT applaud Dr. DePinho and his brilliant team for having the courage to take on this daunting task with such enthusiasm, vigor and determination. History will reward this challenge with countless lives saved not only in Texas but throughout the world!

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Dallas, Lubbock Stakeholders Weigh in on Future Direction of CPRIT

Members of the Future Directions workgroup traveled to Dallas and Lubbock September 5-6 to hear from stakeholders regarding how CPRIT should prioritize efforts over the next several years.

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Making Every Moment Count

19-year-old James Ragan is a student at Rice University, golfer, and founder of Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation. James is currently battling osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones, typically during adolescence. 

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The Challenge Ahead: A Message from CPRIT’s Executive Director

I am encouraged and inspired by the work CPRIT has accomplished in our first three years of operation - from recruiting some of the best scientists to Texas in search of cures, to investing in outstanding companies that will get therapeutics to the patient at a faster rate, to finding cancer precursors and early stage cancers through our life-saving prevention programs, to creating thousands of jobs and generating revenue for the State – CPRIT is making an impact on cancer in Texas. I hope you will join us in October as we recognize and celebrate these early successes at CPRIT's Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference. Register today to secure the early bird registration fee as well as discounted room rate.

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Reserve Your Seat!

Register to attend one of our four Future Directions regional meetings in Dallas, Lubbock, Houston, or San Antonio.  These meetings will serve as a vehicle for gathering input to inform CPRIT’s strategic priorities over the next several years.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat today!

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CPRIT’s Governing Board Ratifies $114 Million in New Cancer Awards

CPRIT is pleased to announce 45 newly funded projects totaling more than $114 million.

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Great news! CPRIT Conference early bird registration deadline extended!

Early bird registration deadline: Extended to September 10

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Future Directions Workgroup Named, Regional Meetings Announced

CPRIT is pleased to announce that 15 prominent Texans engaged in the fight against cancer have agreed to help spearhead four regional stakeholder meetings as part of CPRIT's Future Directions initiative. These volunteers, representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds and Texas geographic areas, will distill participant insights and recommendations from the meetings into actionable recommendations that will be presented at CPRIT's 2012 annual conference, to be held October 24-26 in Austin.

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CPRIT APPOINTS PATRICIA A. VOJACK AS COMPLIANCE OFFICER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia A. Vojack to the position of Compliance Officer, where she will be responsible for reviewing, evaluating and monitoring the Institute's grant processes.

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CPRIT’s Governing Board Ratifies $114 Million in New Cancer Awards

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced funding of more than $114 million to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. The 45 newly funded projects and scientific recruits bring the total amount of grants awarded by CPRIT since its inception to more than $760 million.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES FUTURE DIRECTIONS WORKGROUP TO ENSURE INITIATIVE SUCCESS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the formation of a Future Directions workgroup, designed to make recommendations on the agency’s cancer-fighting programs and processes. The announcement follows a June 26 meeting of CPRIT stakeholders in Austin, the first in a series of meetings to drive the agency’s “Future Directions” initiative.

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CPRIT HOSTS FUTURE DIRECTIONS MEETING TO CREATE ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced that the inaugural meeting of its “Future Directions” workgroup will take place today, June 26, in Austin. CPRIT announced the establishment of the Future Directions initiative earlier this month as a vehicle to inform the next phase of the state agency’s lifecycle.

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CPRIT OPENS DOORS FOR AUDIT BY STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced that an audit by the State Auditor's Office will kickoff with an entrance conference this afternoon. The audit is part of the State Auditor's Office annual workplan.

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STATE INSTITUTE AWARDS MORE THAN $81 MILLION TO SUPPORT CANCER DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT

The Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced funding in excess of $81 million to support cancer research and commercialization projects in Texas. The 25 newly funded projects bring the total amount of grants by CPRIT since its inception in 2007 to more than $650 million.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT POISED TO BRING LIFE-SAVING TREATMENTS AND JOBS TO TEXAS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announces a partnership agreement with Texas BioAlliance and Spindletop Healthcare Capital to boost investment in life-saving cancer technologies in Texas. As part of the two-year agreement, CPRIT is providing $200,000 annually to help Craig Tooman – former top executive at Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – in his efforts to identify an oncology-related technology around which to start a Texas-based life sciences company. This is the first agreement to come out of the CPRIT-funded Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program.

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Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst Appoints Dr. Joseph Bailes to CPRIT Oversight Committee

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst reappointed Dr. Joseph Bailes to the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee

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Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst Reappoints Jimmy Mansour to CPRIT Oversight Committee

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst reappointed Jimmy Mansour to the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee. 

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES NEW TOBACCO-FREE POLICY FOR GRANTEES

In anticipation of World Cancer Day on February 4, when we pay tribute to the 13 million people worldwide who are affected by this tragic disease and the 8 million who lose their battle with cancer each year, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) proudly announces a new tobacco-free policy for all current and future CPRIT grantees.

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CPRIT Check Presentation to El Paso Grant Recipients

The leadership of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) traveled to El Paso on Friday, January 27, 2012 to honor CPRIT grantees from The University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Center San Vicente.

El Paso Check Presentation

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Front row: (l to r), Dr. Rebecca Garcia (CPRIT), Melissa Aguirre (Centro San Vicente), Dr. Navkiran Shokar, (TTUHSC), Dr. Zeina Nahleh (TTUHSC), Marc Cox (UTEP), Dr. Robert Osegueda (UTEP)

Second row: (l to r), Jimmy Mansour (CPRIT), Dr. Tedd Mitchell (TTUHSC), Dr. Manuel de la Rosa (TTUHSC PLFSOM), Rep. Marisa Marquez, Rep. Dee Margo, Sen. Jose Rodriguez, Bill Gimson (CPRIT)

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Cancer Costs Texas More Than $28 Billion According to The Perryman Group

Dr. Ray Perryman

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, President of the economic and financial analysis firm The Perryman Group, presents the 2011 cost of cancer analysis to CPRIT Oversight Committee members on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.

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State Cancer Institute Combats Rising Economic and Human Impact of Cancer

Texas residents unable to afford cancer prevention services will have increased access to critical breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening as a result of grants awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Counseling for tobacco cessation services as well as a survivorship program were also funded by the Institute at their quarterly board meeting held today in Austin, TX.

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Governor Rick Perry Appoints Meade and Moody to CPRIT Oversight Committee

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Alex Meade III of Mission and Walker Moody of Houston to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. The committee guides the work of the institute, which will award grants over the next 10 years to expedite innovation in cancer research, and attract and expand cancer prevention and treatment research capabilities.

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CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS RECEIVES $450 MILLION IN FUNDING TO BEGIN

AUSTIN, TX – The 81st Texas Legislature adjourned yesterday after passing legislation that included House Bill 1358, a bill that will dramatically improve operations of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (the Institute), created in House Bill 14 by the 80th Legislature. The bill, a model for other states, strengthens the conflict of interest guidelines, clarifies the peer review process and gives the Institute the necessary tools to ensure that taxpayer money is invested wisely. The Institute also received an appropriation of $450 million dollars for the next two years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention to expedite innovation in cancer treatment and expand cancer prevention and treatment capabilities.

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Long-time San Antonio Businessman and Rancher Mark E. Watson, Jr. Appointed CPRIT Governing Board

Texas House of Representatives’ Speaker Joe Straus recently announced the appointment of Mark E. Watson, Jr. to the Oversight Committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Mr. Watson, one of three appointees selected by the Speaker of the House to serve on the CPRIT Board, will fill a term that expires January 31, 2017. Members of the Oversight Committee guide the work of the Institute, which awards grants to expedite innovation in cancer research, help bring lifesaving cancer products to Texans and expand evidence-based cancer prevention capabilities across the state.

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CPRIT AWARD RECIPIENT RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) congratulates Apollo Endosurgery, one of the Institute’s first company investment grant recipients, for receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing its SuMO endoscopic tissue access and resection system.  The SuMO system is designed to allow the scarless surgical removal of certain precancerous gastrointestinal lesions during endoscopy procedures that include treatment for colorectal cancer.

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Visiting World-Renowned Cancer Researchers and Prevention Experts Help Keep Austin Weird while Battl

What could be more fitting for the final day of a national cancer conference than some of the world’s leading cancer experts taking a short time out to mark today’s Great American Smokeout by signing pledges to redouble their efforts in the fight against cancer on Austin’s uniquely weird Ashtrayler.

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Texas Cancer Conference Connects Leading-Edge Research to Everyday Screening and Prevention

As hundreds of the nation’s top cancer researchers and prevention experts converged on the Austin Convention Center this week for the Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference hosted by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), organizers literally extended the conference out well beyond the facility’s walls to touch thousands of Texans in need of support in their own personal battles with the deadly disease that claims thousands of lives every year.

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Statewide Clinical Trials Network Offers Relief to Cancer Patients in Remote Corners of Texas

It’s no secret that Texas is a big state, but it can become an issue for cancer patients in places such as Amarillo or El Paso who aren’t able to make the long drive to Houston or Dallas to participate in clinical trials.Through the Statewide Clinical Trials Network of Texas (CTNeT), more and more Texans battling cancer will be able to access the latest treatments while staying close to their personal comfort and support systems at home.

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INSTITUTE AWARDS MORE THAN $100 MILLION TO FUND TEXAS CANCER RESEARCH, ATTRACT TOP CANCER SCIENTISTS

A state-of-the-art facility for testing new cancer drugs, a project examining ways to more precisely treat lung cancer with radiation, and testing undertaken by a biopharmaceutical company on a promising new drug that targets Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma are among the projects awarded funding today (Nov. 2) by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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CPRIT Honors Texas A&M Cancer Prevention Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) honored researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) for their work in cancer prevention efforts in the Brazos and Rio Grande valleys with an Oct. 14 research grant award. The TAMHSC School of Rural Public Health and College of Medicine received $3,235,597 in July’s grant awards by CPRIT.

Pictured from left are Kristen Doyle, CPRIT general counsel; Dr. Becky Garcia, CPRIT chief prevention officer; John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System; Dr. Bolin; James M. Mansour, chairman of the CPRIT Foundation and Oversight Committee; Dr. Richard A. Box, chairman of the A&M Board of Regents; Bill Gimson, CPRIT executive director; Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, TAMHSC president and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System; Dr. David McClellan, TAMHSC; Dr. David S. Carlson, TAMHSC vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies; Dr. Christopher Beaudoin, Texas A&M University; and Dr. Monica Wendel in the TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health (accepting on behalf of St. John).

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STATE, LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS EMPHASIZE IMPORTANCE OF BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

An estimated 15,562 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in Texas women, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 2,800 men and women are expected to lose their battle with breast cancer in 2011.

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STATE, LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS EMPHASIZE IMPORTANCE OF BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

An estimated 15,562 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in Texas women, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 2,800 men and women are expected to lose their battle with breast cancer in 2011.

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CPRIT HELPING SOUTH TEXANS REDUCE CANCER RISK, INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF THE DEADLY DISEASE

With their region having one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the state, South Texas residents will soon find themselves with new resources for navigating and accessing cancer screening and prevention services as a result of projects funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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CPRIT HELPING SOUTH TEXANS REDUCE CANCER RISK, INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF THE DEADLY DISEASE

With their region having one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the state, South Texas residents will soon find themselves with new resources for navigating and accessing cancer screening and prevention services as a result of projects funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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CPRIT AWARDS CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH RECRUITMENT EFFORTS AROUND THE STATE

CEO Jacqueline Northcutt of the Texas BioAlliance makes a presentation about the CPRIT-funded Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at the July 27th Oversight Committee meeting.


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CPRIT AWARDS CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH RECRUITMENT EFFORTS AROUND THE STATE

From cancer screenings in El Paso to training nurses in Houston, from genetic testing in Dallas to preventing cancer through diet and exercise in San Antonio, Texas is funding projects across the state that are critical to meeting its goal of reducing the cancer burden for Texans.  In addition to these projects and many others, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) approved funding to recruit a line-up of leading scientists in cancer research who will soon be calling Texas home.

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CPRIT CHECK PRESENTATION TO SAN ANTONIO GRANT RECIPIENTS

Officials from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) traveled to San Antonio on July 20th for a check presentation to three San Antonio-based grant recipients: The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), University Health System(UHS), and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio(UTHSCSA)

From Left to Right:  Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano (UTHSCSA), Dr. Stacy Young-McCaughan (UTHSCSA), Dr. David Cappelli (UTHSCSA), Dr. Jeffrey Kantor (UTSA), Mr. Bill Gimson (CPRIT), Mr. George Hernandez (UHS), Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Dr. Roberto Villareal (UHS), Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina (UTHSCSA), Dr. Ian Thompson (UTHSCSA), Dr. Cynthia Mojica (UTHSCSA), Dr. Dmitri Ivanov (UTHSCSA), Dr. Yidong Chen (UTHSCSA), Dr. Gail Tomlinson (UTHSCSA), Dr. Susan Naylor (UTHSCSA) and Dr. Rong Li (UTHSCSA).
 


Pictured:  Mr. Jimmy Mansour (CPRIT)

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CPRIT ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH ROCHE AIMED AT ADVANCING TEXAS’ FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced a strategic partnership agreement with the Swiss-based healthcare company Roche (SIX: RO, ROG, OTCQX: RHHBY) to accelerate the development of promising oncology-related cancer research projects in Texas. Under the terms of the agreement, CPRIT and Roche will collaborate to identify ventures and technologies from academia and early stage projects in Texas that have the potential to strengthen Roche’s R&D portfolio.

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Chairman Mansour’s Remarks, Baylor College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, May 24, 2011

From Left to Right:  Marc Shapiro (BCM), Jimmy Mansour (CPRIT), Dr. Paul E. Klotman (BCM)

James Mansour, chairman of the oversight committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, was recognized for his leadership and support of CPRIT's work to reduce the burden of cancer on humanity with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities in Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine.

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CPRIT’s Dr. Becky Garcia Addresses North Texas Workshop


CPRIT Chief Prevention Officer Dr. Becky Garcia joins CPRIT grantees Terry Wilson-Gray from The Bridge Breast Network and Doris Cheng from the Asian Breast Health Outreach at a Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Texas Affiliate Grants Program Community Workshop on Tuesday, May 03, 2011.  The workshop provided information on  CPRIT funding opportunities as well as first-hand experience from current grantees.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES TEN PATIENT SUPPORT SERVICES GRANTS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced ten grant awards from the Texans Conquer Cancer Patient Support Services Program.  These grants, funded by proceeds from the sale of “Texans Conquers Cancer” specialty license plates, are designed to help nonprofit organizations provide support services and assistance to cancer patients and their families including but not limited to transportation, rent, utilities, groceries/food, childcare, medication assistance and medical supplies.

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CPRIT PRESENTS OVER $2 MILLION IN RESEARCH AND PREVENTION AWARDS TO TEXAS A&M SYSTEM


From left to right:  Dr. Wallace McKeehan, Dr. Becky Garcia, Dr. Jeffrey Seemann, Dr. Feng Qiao, Dr. Kathleen Rankin, Dr. Mary Shaw, Dr. Carol Rice, Ms. Alice Kirk, Dr. Daniel Jones, Dr. David Carlson, Dr. Lei-Shih Chen, Dr. Bonnie McGee

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CPRIT Announces 22 New Cancer Research and Commercialization Grants

Dr. Steve McKnight, Professor and Chairman of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Southwestern Medical School, presents details of his CPRIT-funded research at the March 24th Oversight Committee meeting.

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TEXAS ADVANCES FIGHT AGAINST CANCER CPRIT ANNOUNCES 22 NEW CANCER RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded $116 million for 22 innovative cancer research and commercialization projects at 16 Texas-based institutions and private companies.  The grants announced today and the recruitment of five researchers to Texas are the part of $216 million expected to be awarded by the Institute in 2011 to support groundbreaking cancer research, drug development, and evidence-based cancer screening efforts in Texas.  Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $500 million has been invested in Texas’ ten year mission to change the face of cancer.

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CPRIT Speaker’s Bureau

CPRIT’s General Counsel Kristen Doyle addresses the Colleges Against Cancer Club Survivorship Luncheon on March 9 at Southwestern University.  Ms. Doyle is a 6-year cancer survivor!

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CPRIT Presents Check to The Cooper Clinic

On Wednesday, February 23, CPRIT leaders presented a check to The Cooper Institute for a prevention award that creates a weight management program designed to help reduce the risk of cancer.  This program will provide a single source of education and resources for both medical professionals and the public.


Pictured from left to right are:  Cindy Brinker Simmons, CPRIT Oversight Committee member, Susan Cooper, PhD, Executive Vice President of the Cooper Institute,  Bill Gimson, CPRIT Executive Director, Jimmy Mansour, CPRIT Oversight Committee chairman, Dr. Rebecca Garcia, CPRIT Chief Prevention Officer, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Cooper Institute.

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NEW STUDY DETAILS INCREASING COST OF CANCER IN TEXAS

A new report recently released by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) confirms the devastating effects of the cost of cancer in the state of Texas.  Annual direct medical costs and the costs of morbidity and mortality losses associated with cancer in Texas now total $25.3 billion, a 15.8% increase since 2007.

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Governor Rick Perry Releases Proposed Budget for 2012-2013

Following the Governor’s State of the State speech, the Office of the Governor releases their proposed budget for 2012-2013, which includes CPRIT as a priority with $14.5 million proposed for debt service to fund the cancer bonds.

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Texas Senate Salutes CPRIT For World Cancer Day

The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to recognize the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

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New Round of CPRIT Prevention Grants To Reach Over Half A Million Texans

The Oversight Committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas held a meeting on January 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Longhorn Room of the Omni Hotel in Austin, TX.

The Oversight Committee approved a slate of grants recommended by Executive Director Bill Gimson which included 22 new prevention awards and one new research recruitment application.  Total amount funded for these new grants are over $11 million.  A link to the newly awarded grants can be found in our Funded Grant Awards section.

CPRIT Grantee Hector Gonzalez from the Laredo Health Department made a presentation encompassing the activities of his CPRIT-funded grant entitled "Taking Screening To The Streets".

The CPRIT Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet again on March 24, 2011 at the Texas Medical Association.

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NEW ROUND OF CPRIT PREVENTION GRANTS TO REACH OVER HALF A MILLION TEXANS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded over  $11 million to fund 22 new cancer prevention programs, targeting over 600,000 Texans.  CPRIT also announced a $2 million recruitment award for UT Southwestern Medical School in its effort to recruit an outstanding researcher in the cancer field to Texas as a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research.

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Texas Making Strides Against Cancer

Watch Bill Gimson, Executive Director of CPRIT, interviewed by Dustin Blanchard, KXAN

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Bill Gimson Named Executive Director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

William “Bill” Gimson has been named executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) by its Oversight Committee.

CPRIT was created by the 80th Texas Legislature through House Bill 14, which merged the Texas Cancer Council (TCC) into CPRIT. TCC was created in 1985 as a grantmaking agency focused on the prevention of cancer. All duties, powers, obligations, and appropriations were transferred to CPRIT from TCC. In 2007, Texas voters approved Proposition 15, the constitutional amendment that allows the State of Texas to issue $3 billion in general obligations bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. CPRIT is governed by an 11-member Oversight Committee which consists of three appointments each by the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. In addition, the Attorney General and the Comptroller or their designees are members of this committee.

Following a national search, Gimson emerged as the Oversight Committee’s top choice for executive director with 35 years of administrative experience from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Gimson recently retired as the chief operating officer of the CDC, where he had oversight for more than 15,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $10 billion

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CPRIT announces Chief Scientific Officer

Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate, has been named chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

I am thrilled that someone of Dr. Gilman's professional stature has agreed to join the CPRIT leadership team as chief scientific officer,” said William “Bill” Gimson, recently named executive director of the agency. “Dr. Gilman is one of few Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine in the country and his participation sends a strong and clear message that we will be pursuing the most creative, innovative and groundbreaking science for Texas.”

Dr. Gilman received his bachelor of science degree (summa cum laude) in biochemistry from Yale University, and his medical doctor degree and doctorate in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University. Following his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of biochemical genetics at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gilman’s career led him to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he remained for ten years. In 1981, he became the chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He was elected executive vice president of academic affairs and provost in 2006.

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Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., to head CPRIT Scientific Review Council

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., will chair the Institute’s Scientific Review Council overseeing the selection of the agency’s research grants. Dr. Sharp, a world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, is a professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In November 2007, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the State of Texas to establish CPRIT and to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. Research and prevention grant applications will be assessed using an external- to-Texas peer review process. CPRIT plans to announce its first round of Request for Proposals in August and grants could be awarded by the end of the calendar year. Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., another renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate, will lead the research grant process as Chief Scientific Officer of the Institute.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the CPRIT team,” said Dr. Sharp. “It will be very exciting to see CPRIT fund innovative research that will continue the quest in the cure for cancer”.

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CPRIT Announces General Counsel

Kristen Pauling Doyle has been named general counsel of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas(CPRIT).

I am so pleased to welcome someone of Kristen’s caliber and experience to the Institute,” said William “Bill” Gimson, CPRIT executive director. “She not only has the skills for the job but also the passion!”

Ms. Doyle will direct all legal activities related to CPRIT, strengthening the Institute’s ability to execute its mission. Her responsibilities will range from providing legal advice and counsel to preparing guidelines, procedures and rules for the new agency.

“I am excited to be a part of this groundbreaking effort,” said Ms. Doyle. “As a cancer survivor, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute professionally and personally to finding a cure for this disease that affects so many Texans.”

Ms. Doyle has spent the majority of her legal career practicing administrative law with an emphasis in the field of energy and regulatory law. For nine years, she has represented political subdivisions before the Texas Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Railroad Commission. Most recently, Ms. Doyle was a principal attorney at an Austin-based law firm. Prior to private practice, she was an assistant public counsel for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel.

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Press Releases

CPRIT Awards 32 New Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 20 grants  through its product development program, five grants through its prevention  program and seven recruitment grants through its research program, totaling more  than $65 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.

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CPRIT Supporting Promising Advances From Prevention To Discovery And Delivery

New grants invest $107 million in Texas across research, prevention and product development spectrum in the fight against cancer.

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CPRIT Awards Product Development and Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded two grants through its product development program and 14 recruitment grants through its research program.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Product Development and Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded six grants through its product development program and eleven grants through its research program.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Hires Chief Product Development Officer

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has hired Dr. Thomas Goodman as the agency’s chief product development officer (CPDO). Goodman was previously vice president of business development for life sciences at Arizona Science and Technology Enterprises, a subsidiary of Arizona State University Foundation focused on increasing the flow of innovation from research laboratory to the marketplace.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Three New Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded three grants through its research program. The grants, totaling $6,000,000, support the recruitment of promising emerging researchers pursuing their first faculty appointment in Texas.

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CPRIT SELECTS TWO SEASONED EXECUTIVES TO LEAD THE AGENCY FORWARD

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the appointment of Wayne Roberts to be Interim Executive Director of the agency. Roberts will serve in this capacity until a permanent Executive Director can be hired. Mansour also announced that former Texas Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton has agreed to serve as a senior advisor to the CPRIT Executive Director and CPRIT Oversight Committee.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES $85 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT AWARDS TO SUPPORT CANCER-FIGHTING PROJECTS IN TEXAS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced more than $85 million in funding to support 75 new scientific research projects and scientific recruits to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. These new awards bring the total tally of funded grants to 502, amounting to nearly $841 million since the Institute opened its doors in 2009.

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CPRIT APPOINTS DR. MARGARET L. KRIPKE AS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret L. Kripke to the position of chief scientific officer, where she will be responsible for overseeing the Institute’s Research portfolio. Historically, CPRIT’s Research portfolio has funded the majority of the Institute’s $300 million in annual grant awards, and is the second largest funding source for cancer-related research in the U.S. CPRIT’s other portfolios include Prevention, which focuses on reducing cancer incidence among Texans utilizing the latest proven methodologies, and Commercialization, which centers on efforts to quickly get lifesaving products to Texans battling the disease.

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CPRIT Announces the Start of Its Third Annual “Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research” Co

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is pleased to announce the opening of its third annual “Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research” conference. At the conference, CPRIT’s largest to date, CPRIT grantees will showcase the work made possible by the Institute across its research, prevention and commercialization portfolios. 

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CPRIT Statement on Dr. Gilman’s resignation and CPRIT’s future direction

With the departure of Dr. Gilman, CPRIT is entering a new era. It is no surprise that some of the current reviewers have chosen to leave at this time. We have identified several exceptional candidates to succeed Dr. Gilman as Chief Scientific Officer, and this individual's first order of business will be to recruit outstanding cancer experts to serve as peer reviewers under his or her leadership. We have every confidence that CPRIT will have a full cadre of expert peer reviewers in place for the next scientific review cycle.

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CPRIT APPOINTS PATRICIA A. VOJACK AS COMPLIANCE OFFICER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia A. Vojack to the position of Compliance Officer, where she will be responsible for reviewing, evaluating and monitoring the Institute's grant processes.

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CPRIT’s Governing Board Ratifies $114 Million in New Cancer Awards

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced funding of more than $114 million to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. The 45 newly funded projects and scientific recruits bring the total amount of grants awarded by CPRIT since its inception to more than $760 million.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES FUTURE DIRECTIONS WORKGROUP TO ENSURE INITIATIVE SUCCESS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the formation of a Future Directions workgroup, designed to make recommendations on the agency’s cancer-fighting programs and processes. The announcement follows a June 26 meeting of CPRIT stakeholders in Austin, the first in a series of meetings to drive the agency’s “Future Directions” initiative.

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CPRIT HOSTS FUTURE DIRECTIONS MEETING TO CREATE ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced that the inaugural meeting of its “Future Directions” workgroup will take place today, June 26, in Austin. CPRIT announced the establishment of the Future Directions initiative earlier this month as a vehicle to inform the next phase of the state agency’s lifecycle.

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CPRIT OPENS DOORS FOR AUDIT BY STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced that an audit by the State Auditor's Office will kickoff with an entrance conference this afternoon. The audit is part of the State Auditor's Office annual workplan.

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STATE INSTITUTE AWARDS MORE THAN $81 MILLION TO SUPPORT CANCER DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT

The Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced funding in excess of $81 million to support cancer research and commercialization projects in Texas. The 25 newly funded projects bring the total amount of grants by CPRIT since its inception in 2007 to more than $650 million.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT POISED TO BRING LIFE-SAVING TREATMENTS AND JOBS TO TEXAS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announces a partnership agreement with Texas BioAlliance and Spindletop Healthcare Capital to boost investment in life-saving cancer technologies in Texas. As part of the two-year agreement, CPRIT is providing $200,000 annually to help Craig Tooman – former top executive at Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – in his efforts to identify an oncology-related technology around which to start a Texas-based life sciences company. This is the first agreement to come out of the CPRIT-funded Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES NEW TOBACCO-FREE POLICY FOR GRANTEES

In anticipation of World Cancer Day on February 4, when we pay tribute to the 13 million people worldwide who are affected by this tragic disease and the 8 million who lose their battle with cancer each year, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) proudly announces a new tobacco-free policy for all current and future CPRIT grantees.

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State Cancer Institute Combats Rising Economic and Human Impact of Cancer

Texas residents unable to afford cancer prevention services will have increased access to critical breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening as a result of grants awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Counseling for tobacco cessation services as well as a survivorship program were also funded by the Institute at their quarterly board meeting held today in Austin, TX.

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Governor Rick Perry Appoints Meade and Moody to CPRIT Oversight Committee

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Alex Meade III of Mission and Walker Moody of Houston to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. The committee guides the work of the institute, which will award grants over the next 10 years to expedite innovation in cancer research, and attract and expand cancer prevention and treatment research capabilities.

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CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS RECEIVES $450 MILLION IN FUNDING TO BEGIN

AUSTIN, TX – The 81st Texas Legislature adjourned yesterday after passing legislation that included House Bill 1358, a bill that will dramatically improve operations of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (the Institute), created in House Bill 14 by the 80th Legislature. The bill, a model for other states, strengthens the conflict of interest guidelines, clarifies the peer review process and gives the Institute the necessary tools to ensure that taxpayer money is invested wisely. The Institute also received an appropriation of $450 million dollars for the next two years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention to expedite innovation in cancer treatment and expand cancer prevention and treatment capabilities.

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Long-time San Antonio Businessman and Rancher Mark E. Watson, Jr. Appointed CPRIT Governing Board

Texas House of Representatives’ Speaker Joe Straus recently announced the appointment of Mark E. Watson, Jr. to the Oversight Committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Mr. Watson, one of three appointees selected by the Speaker of the House to serve on the CPRIT Board, will fill a term that expires January 31, 2017. Members of the Oversight Committee guide the work of the Institute, which awards grants to expedite innovation in cancer research, help bring lifesaving cancer products to Texans and expand evidence-based cancer prevention capabilities across the state.

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CPRIT AWARD RECIPIENT RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) congratulates Apollo Endosurgery, one of the Institute’s first company investment grant recipients, for receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing its SuMO endoscopic tissue access and resection system.  The SuMO system is designed to allow the scarless surgical removal of certain precancerous gastrointestinal lesions during endoscopy procedures that include treatment for colorectal cancer.

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Visiting World-Renowned Cancer Researchers and Prevention Experts Help Keep Austin Weird while Battl

What could be more fitting for the final day of a national cancer conference than some of the world’s leading cancer experts taking a short time out to mark today’s Great American Smokeout by signing pledges to redouble their efforts in the fight against cancer on Austin’s uniquely weird Ashtrayler.

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Texas Cancer Conference Connects Leading-Edge Research to Everyday Screening and Prevention

As hundreds of the nation’s top cancer researchers and prevention experts converged on the Austin Convention Center this week for the Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference hosted by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), organizers literally extended the conference out well beyond the facility’s walls to touch thousands of Texans in need of support in their own personal battles with the deadly disease that claims thousands of lives every year.

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Statewide Clinical Trials Network Offers Relief to Cancer Patients in Remote Corners of Texas

It’s no secret that Texas is a big state, but it can become an issue for cancer patients in places such as Amarillo or El Paso who aren’t able to make the long drive to Houston or Dallas to participate in clinical trials.Through the Statewide Clinical Trials Network of Texas (CTNeT), more and more Texans battling cancer will be able to access the latest treatments while staying close to their personal comfort and support systems at home.

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INSTITUTE AWARDS MORE THAN $100 MILLION TO FUND TEXAS CANCER RESEARCH, ATTRACT TOP CANCER SCIENTISTS

A state-of-the-art facility for testing new cancer drugs, a project examining ways to more precisely treat lung cancer with radiation, and testing undertaken by a biopharmaceutical company on a promising new drug that targets Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma are among the projects awarded funding today (Nov. 2) by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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STATE, LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS EMPHASIZE IMPORTANCE OF BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

An estimated 15,562 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in Texas women, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 2,800 men and women are expected to lose their battle with breast cancer in 2011.

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CPRIT HELPING SOUTH TEXANS REDUCE CANCER RISK, INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF THE DEADLY DISEASE

With their region having one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the state, South Texas residents will soon find themselves with new resources for navigating and accessing cancer screening and prevention services as a result of projects funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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CPRIT AWARDS CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH RECRUITMENT EFFORTS AROUND THE STATE

From cancer screenings in El Paso to training nurses in Houston, from genetic testing in Dallas to preventing cancer through diet and exercise in San Antonio, Texas is funding projects across the state that are critical to meeting its goal of reducing the cancer burden for Texans.  In addition to these projects and many others, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) approved funding to recruit a line-up of leading scientists in cancer research who will soon be calling Texas home.

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CPRIT ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH ROCHE AIMED AT ADVANCING TEXAS’ FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced a strategic partnership agreement with the Swiss-based healthcare company Roche (SIX: RO, ROG, OTCQX: RHHBY) to accelerate the development of promising oncology-related cancer research projects in Texas. Under the terms of the agreement, CPRIT and Roche will collaborate to identify ventures and technologies from academia and early stage projects in Texas that have the potential to strengthen Roche’s R&D portfolio.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES TEN PATIENT SUPPORT SERVICES GRANTS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced ten grant awards from the Texans Conquer Cancer Patient Support Services Program.  These grants, funded by proceeds from the sale of “Texans Conquers Cancer” specialty license plates, are designed to help nonprofit organizations provide support services and assistance to cancer patients and their families including but not limited to transportation, rent, utilities, groceries/food, childcare, medication assistance and medical supplies.

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TEXAS ADVANCES FIGHT AGAINST CANCER CPRIT ANNOUNCES 22 NEW CANCER RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded $116 million for 22 innovative cancer research and commercialization projects at 16 Texas-based institutions and private companies.  The grants announced today and the recruitment of five researchers to Texas are the part of $216 million expected to be awarded by the Institute in 2011 to support groundbreaking cancer research, drug development, and evidence-based cancer screening efforts in Texas.  Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $500 million has been invested in Texas’ ten year mission to change the face of cancer.

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NEW STUDY DETAILS INCREASING COST OF CANCER IN TEXAS

A new report recently released by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) confirms the devastating effects of the cost of cancer in the state of Texas.  Annual direct medical costs and the costs of morbidity and mortality losses associated with cancer in Texas now total $25.3 billion, a 15.8% increase since 2007.

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NEW ROUND OF CPRIT PREVENTION GRANTS TO REACH OVER HALF A MILLION TEXANS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded over  $11 million to fund 22 new cancer prevention programs, targeting over 600,000 Texans.  CPRIT also announced a $2 million recruitment award for UT Southwestern Medical School in its effort to recruit an outstanding researcher in the cancer field to Texas as a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research.

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Bill Gimson Named Executive Director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

William “Bill” Gimson has been named executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) by its Oversight Committee.

CPRIT was created by the 80th Texas Legislature through House Bill 14, which merged the Texas Cancer Council (TCC) into CPRIT. TCC was created in 1985 as a grantmaking agency focused on the prevention of cancer. All duties, powers, obligations, and appropriations were transferred to CPRIT from TCC. In 2007, Texas voters approved Proposition 15, the constitutional amendment that allows the State of Texas to issue $3 billion in general obligations bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. CPRIT is governed by an 11-member Oversight Committee which consists of three appointments each by the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. In addition, the Attorney General and the Comptroller or their designees are members of this committee.

Following a national search, Gimson emerged as the Oversight Committee’s top choice for executive director with 35 years of administrative experience from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Gimson recently retired as the chief operating officer of the CDC, where he had oversight for more than 15,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $10 billion

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CPRIT announces Chief Scientific Officer

Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate, has been named chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

I am thrilled that someone of Dr. Gilman's professional stature has agreed to join the CPRIT leadership team as chief scientific officer,” said William “Bill” Gimson, recently named executive director of the agency. “Dr. Gilman is one of few Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine in the country and his participation sends a strong and clear message that we will be pursuing the most creative, innovative and groundbreaking science for Texas.”

Dr. Gilman received his bachelor of science degree (summa cum laude) in biochemistry from Yale University, and his medical doctor degree and doctorate in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University. Following his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of biochemical genetics at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gilman’s career led him to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he remained for ten years. In 1981, he became the chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He was elected executive vice president of academic affairs and provost in 2006.

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Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., to head CPRIT Scientific Review Council

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., will chair the Institute’s Scientific Review Council overseeing the selection of the agency’s research grants. Dr. Sharp, a world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, is a professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In November 2007, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the State of Texas to establish CPRIT and to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. Research and prevention grant applications will be assessed using an external- to-Texas peer review process. CPRIT plans to announce its first round of Request for Proposals in August and grants could be awarded by the end of the calendar year. Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., another renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate, will lead the research grant process as Chief Scientific Officer of the Institute.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the CPRIT team,” said Dr. Sharp. “It will be very exciting to see CPRIT fund innovative research that will continue the quest in the cure for cancer”.

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CPRIT Announces General Counsel

Kristen Pauling Doyle has been named general counsel of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas(CPRIT).

I am so pleased to welcome someone of Kristen’s caliber and experience to the Institute,” said William “Bill” Gimson, CPRIT executive director. “She not only has the skills for the job but also the passion!”

Ms. Doyle will direct all legal activities related to CPRIT, strengthening the Institute’s ability to execute its mission. Her responsibilities will range from providing legal advice and counsel to preparing guidelines, procedures and rules for the new agency.

“I am excited to be a part of this groundbreaking effort,” said Ms. Doyle. “As a cancer survivor, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute professionally and personally to finding a cure for this disease that affects so many Texans.”

Ms. Doyle has spent the majority of her legal career practicing administrative law with an emphasis in the field of energy and regulatory law. For nine years, she has represented political subdivisions before the Texas Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Railroad Commission. Most recently, Ms. Doyle was a principal attorney at an Austin-based law firm. Prior to private practice, she was an assistant public counsel for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel.

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CPRIT Receives almost 900 Proposals for Research Funding in First Round

CPRIT received 881 grant proposals in response to their initial research funding opportunities.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that 881 applications were received in response to CPRIT’s first two requests for applications (RFAs) for cancer research funding awards, the Individual Investigator Research Award and the High Impact/High Risk Research Award. The requests for funding total approximately $1.25 billion, about six times more money than will be available in the first year of funding.

"The response from the research community has been impressive," said Bill Gimson, executive director. “CPRIT received applications from institutions, health centers, and private businesses all over the state. We now start the process of selecting the very best projects, those that will truly make a difference.”

Of the applications submitted, the two most popular categories of research topics are cell biology and clinical and experimental therapeutics, comprising half of the application pool. Genetics and molecular biology and pathobiology make up another quarter of the applications.

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CPRIT Announces Chief Commercialization Officer

Jerald S. Cobbs, MBA, has been named chief commercialization officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

“The addition of Mr. Cobbs to the CPRIT team completes the three pillars of the Institute’s mission – research led by Dr. Al Gilman, prevention under Dr. Becky Garcia and now commercialization headed up by Jerry” said Bill Gimson, CPRIT’s executive director. “The commercialization process will allow the state to collect royalties, income and other benefits realized as a result of projects undertaken with money awarded under the cancer prevention and research fund.”

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CPRIT Announces Prevention Program Director

Ramona Magid has been named prevention program director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Ms. Magid will assist in setting goals and strategic direction and developing policies for CPRIT’s prevention program, led by Rebecca Garcia, Ph.D., CPRIT’s chief prevention officer. Her responsibilities will range from managing day-to- day operations for CPRIT’s prevention review office to communicating with the public regarding the goals, philosophy, and scope of the prevention program.

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CPRIT’s First Round of Requests for Prevention Funding Exceed Total Budget Amount

CPRIT receives requests totaling over $28 million in response to its initial prevention funding opportunities.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that 55 applications were received in response to CPRIT’s first two requests for applications (RFAs) for cancer prevention funding awards. Three additional RFAs are still to be released early next month. Twenty-six applications were submitted in response to the Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services RFA and 29 applications were submitted for the Health Promotion, Public Education, and Outreach Programs RFA. The request for funding was $28,182,691, which is more than the $22 million that will be available in the first year of funding for the prevention grants program.

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CPRIT Responds to USPSTF Revised Mammography Screening Guidelines

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today at its quarterly board meeting that it will continue to support mammography screening for women at average risk for breast cancer beginning at age 40. This comes in response to a recent United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) change in guidelines, which no longer recommends routine breast cancer screening for women between the ages of 40 and 49.

“We are concerned that the new USPSTF recommendations will create confusion and cause women to question the value of mammography,” said Joseph Bailes, M.D., medical oncologist and member of CPRIT’s oversight committee.

CPRIT was established in 2007 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment that authorized the state to issue $3 billion to fund grants for cancer research and prevention programs. CPRIT has begun accepting and reviewing grants for prevention programs, services and research.

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Stephen W. Wyatt, D.M.D, M.P.H, to head CPRIT Prevention Review Council

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that Stephen W. Wyatt, D.M.D, M.P.H. will chair CPRIT’s prevention review council overseeing the selection of the agency’s prevention grants. Dr. Wyatt has an impressive public health career with extensive credentials in the field of cancer prevention and control. Dr. Wyatt is the dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.

“I am impressed with the commitment the State of Texas has made to cancer prevention and research, and am honored to have been asked to be part of the team that moves this initiative forward,” said Dr. Wyatt.

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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Moves One Step Closer To Funding First Round

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that 403 of the nearly 900 proposals submitted are still in contention for CPRIT’s inaugural cancer research funding awards. The applications for the Individual Investigator Research Award and the High Impact/High Risk Research Award will now undergo a second, more intense peer review evaluation by seven committees over the next six weeks beginning the end of this month. CPRIT expects to announce its first funding awards in January 2010, just three months after the submission deadline.

“The number and quality of the applications submitted to CPRIT’s first call for creative, innovative projects is impressive,” said Bill Gimson, CPRIT’s executive director. “Texas is defining the fight against cancer and researchers are responding.”

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CPRIT Announces Release of Company Investment Funding Opportunities

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) released a request for applications (RFA) for company investment on November 20, 2009. Company is defined in the RFA as a Texas-based entity or an entity located in Texas at the time a contract for a company investment award is executed. This investment award is intended to support companies undertaking product research and development in Texas with Texas-based employees.

CPRIT will foster cancer research as well as product and service development in Texas by providing financial support for a wide variety of projects relevant to cancer. This RFA solicits applications for innovative products addressing critically important needs related to diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of cancer and the product development infrastructure needed to support these efforts. CPRIT encourages applications that seek to apply or develop state of the art products, services, technologies, tools and/or resources for cancer research, prevention or treatment.

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CPRIT Issues Four Requests for Applications for Prevention Grants

Four Requests for Applications (RFAs) for cancer prevention grants are available on the CPRIT website (www.cprit.state.tx.us).

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UT GETS $3.3 MILLION IN CANCER RESEARCH GRANTS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas(CPRIT) today presented a $3.3 million check to The University of Texas at Austin.

These monies, part of CPRIT’s $61 million inaugural grants, will fund research projects at the university under the direction of Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. Krishnendu Roy. The check was accepted by the university’s Vice President for Research Juan Sanchez.

“We are delighted that the applications submitted by Dr. Georgiou and Dr. Roy were selected for funding in this first round of CPRIT grants,” said Dr. Sanchez. “We believe this research to be critical in the process of finding a cure for this insatiable disease.”

Dr. Georgiou’s work will focus on two separate areas of research. One will test engineered antibodies to kill breast cancer cells, and the other will further the development of a drug that might result in selective tumor killing while leaving normal tissue unharmed. Dr. Roy will be working to develop a highly effective injectable vaccine against lymphoma.

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TAMU Gets More Than $1.1 Million in Cancer Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today (Tuesday, March 23) presented a check totaling more than $1.1 million to The Texas A&M University System to provide support for cancer-related research by two professors.

The funds, part of CPRIT’s $61 million inaugural grants, will support research projects under the direction of Dr. Robert Chapkin, professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Dr. Darwin Prockop, professor of molecular and cellular medicine and holder of the Stearman Chair in Genome Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Prockop also is director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Scott & White Hospital and Clinic in Temple.

CPRIT was represented at the presentation by James Mansour, chairman of its Oversight Committee, and Executive Director Bill Gimson.

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CPRIT STARTS SECOND YEAR BY ADDING MORE THAN $40 MILLION IN AWARDS TO CANCER RESEARCH PORTFOLIO

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the second largest funding source for cancer research in the United States, kicks off its second year by awarding 52 cancer research grants totaling $40,302,026 to 13 Texas institutions. Among the grants are two CPRIT Scholars in Cancer Research recruitment awards bringing outstanding scientists from preeminent institutions to join the faculty at Texas universities.

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Top Cancer Experts To Convene In Austin To Celebrate First-Year Achievements By CPRIT

Officials at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) have announced the program for its inaugural Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference.  Leading researchers, clinicians, and community health experts in the cancer field will convene in Austin on November 16-19 at the Austin Convention Center. The conference will demonstrate the significant scope and reach of the Institute, highlighting topics and speakers that place equal emphasis on research and prevention and range far beyond Texas’s borders. The Institute, created in 2007 when Texans voted to commit $3 billion to defeat cancer, has grown to be the country’s second-largest cancer research grant-funding organization.

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Texas Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Day

A ceremony was held on the steps of the State Capitol today marking the State's fourteenth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The event, hosted by partners that include the Governor's Commission for Women, the Department of State Health Services Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), serves to honor those whose lives have been lost to breast cancer and those that are still living with the disease. Today's ceremony is a part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness about breast cancer in Texas, thereby reducing the incidence and suffering from this disease.

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CPRIT To Present Research Grants To University Of Texas Medical Branch Totaling Over $4 Million

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) will present a check to The University of Texas Medical Branch  in Galveston on Monday, September 20th in the amount of $4,052,471. The check will be accepted by Dr. James Goodwin and Dr. Robert Ullrich at a ceremony at the UTMB Administration Building.

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CPRIT Presents Over $2.2 Million In Prevention Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented checks to four Houston-based organizations to further cancer prevention efforts. The recipients included HOPE Clinic, The Rose, University of Houston, and University Health Science Center at Houston.

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CPRIT Awards $142 Million in Texas Fight Against Cancer With Funded Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas today awarded $142 million in grants to fund innovative cancer research and prevention programs across the state. Today’s announcement caps the first year of the Institute’s ten year mission. Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $300 million has been invested this year in Texas’ extraordinary endeavor to change the face of cancer.

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CPRIT Check Presentation to Three Austin Companies

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas recently awarded $142 million in grants to fund innovative cancer research and prevention programs across the state. This award announcement caps the first year of the Institute’s ten year mission. Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $300 million has been invested this year in Texas’ extraordinary endeavor to change the face of cancer.

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CPRIT Presents Grant Award Check to LiveStrong

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas recently awarded $142 million in grants to fund innovative cancer research and prevention programs across the state. This award announcement caps the first year of the Institute’s ten year mission. Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $300 million has been invested this year in Texas’ extraordinary endeavor to change the face of cancer.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Grant for 1st Scholar in Cancer Research

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded its initial grant for a First-Time, Tenure Track Faculty Member to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The $2 million, 4-year grant will be utilized to recruit noted researcher Dr. Ralf Kittler to establish a fully independent laboratory focusing on the study of prostate cancer beginning February of 2010.

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CPRIT Presents Texas Tech Research Grants Totaling Over $1 Million

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a check to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the amount of $1,344,300.

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CPRIT Presents Mercy $300,000 Cancer Outreach Grant

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a $300,000 check to Mercy Ministries of Laredo.

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CPRIT Presents Baylor $200,000 Cancer Research Grant

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a $200,000 check to Baylor University. The check was accepted by the university’s Vice Provost for Research Dr. Truell Hyde.

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CPRIT Presents Over $35 Million In Cancer Research And Prevention Grants To Houston Recipients

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented over $35 million in cancer grants to academic institutions and businesses in the Houston area. The local recipients of these grants include Baylor College of Medicine; Ingeneron, Inc.; Methodist Hospital Research Institute; Rice University; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer System; and Visualase, Inc.

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CPRIT Funds First Cancer Prevention Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded over $6.8 million to fund twelve new cancer prevention programs through local clinics, health districts, community-based organizations, and academic institutions across the state of Texas. This is the very first round of prevention grants awarded in CPRIT’s 10-year, $3 billion mission.

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UT Gets $3.3 Million in Cancer Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a $3.3 million check to The University of Texas at Austin. These monies, part of CPRIT’s $61 million inaugural grants, will fund research projects at the university under the direction of Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. Krishnendu Roy.

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CPRIT Awards More Than $60 Million In Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded the first $61 million in grants for cancer research projects at academic institutions and private companies throughout Texas.

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CPRIT Joins First Lady Anita Perry in Response to USPSTF Revised Mammography Screening Guidelines

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) reiterated today at a press conference with Texas First Lady Anita Perry that it will continue to support mammography screening for women at average risk for breast cancer beginning at age 40.

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Cancer In The News

CPRIT Awards 32 New Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 20 grants  through its product development program, five grants through its prevention  program and seven recruitment grants through its research program, totaling more  than $65 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.

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CPRIT Supporting Promising Advances From Prevention To Discovery And Delivery

New grants invest $107 million in Texas across research, prevention and product development spectrum in the fight against cancer.

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CPRIT Awards Product Development and Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded two grants through its product development program and 14 recruitment grants through its research program.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Product Development and Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded six grants through its product development program and eleven grants through its research program.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Hires Chief Product Development Officer

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has hired Dr. Thomas Goodman as the agency’s chief product development officer (CPDO). Goodman was previously vice president of business development for life sciences at Arizona Science and Technology Enterprises, a subsidiary of Arizona State University Foundation focused on increasing the flow of innovation from research laboratory to the marketplace.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Three New Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded three grants through its research program. The grants, totaling $6,000,000, support the recruitment of promising emerging researchers pursuing their first faculty appointment in Texas.

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CPRIT SELECTS TWO SEASONED EXECUTIVES TO LEAD THE AGENCY FORWARD

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the appointment of Wayne Roberts to be Interim Executive Director of the agency. Roberts will serve in this capacity until a permanent Executive Director can be hired. Mansour also announced that former Texas Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton has agreed to serve as a senior advisor to the CPRIT Executive Director and CPRIT Oversight Committee.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES $85 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT AWARDS TO SUPPORT CANCER-FIGHTING PROJECTS IN TEXAS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced more than $85 million in funding to support 75 new scientific research projects and scientific recruits to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. These new awards bring the total tally of funded grants to 502, amounting to nearly $841 million since the Institute opened its doors in 2009.

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CPRIT APPOINTS DR. MARGARET L. KRIPKE AS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret L. Kripke to the position of chief scientific officer, where she will be responsible for overseeing the Institute’s Research portfolio. Historically, CPRIT’s Research portfolio has funded the majority of the Institute’s $300 million in annual grant awards, and is the second largest funding source for cancer-related research in the U.S. CPRIT’s other portfolios include Prevention, which focuses on reducing cancer incidence among Texans utilizing the latest proven methodologies, and Commercialization, which centers on efforts to quickly get lifesaving products to Texans battling the disease.

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CPRIT Announces the Start of Its Third Annual “Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research” Co

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is pleased to announce the opening of its third annual “Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research” conference. At the conference, CPRIT’s largest to date, CPRIT grantees will showcase the work made possible by the Institute across its research, prevention and commercialization portfolios. 

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CPRIT Statement on Dr. Gilman’s resignation and CPRIT’s future direction

With the departure of Dr. Gilman, CPRIT is entering a new era. It is no surprise that some of the current reviewers have chosen to leave at this time. We have identified several exceptional candidates to succeed Dr. Gilman as Chief Scientific Officer, and this individual's first order of business will be to recruit outstanding cancer experts to serve as peer reviewers under his or her leadership. We have every confidence that CPRIT will have a full cadre of expert peer reviewers in place for the next scientific review cycle.

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CPRIT APPOINTS PATRICIA A. VOJACK AS COMPLIANCE OFFICER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia A. Vojack to the position of Compliance Officer, where she will be responsible for reviewing, evaluating and monitoring the Institute's grant processes.

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CPRIT’s Governing Board Ratifies $114 Million in New Cancer Awards

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced funding of more than $114 million to support a variety of cancer-fighting efforts in Texas. The 45 newly funded projects and scientific recruits bring the total amount of grants awarded by CPRIT since its inception to more than $760 million.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES FUTURE DIRECTIONS WORKGROUP TO ENSURE INITIATIVE SUCCESS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the formation of a Future Directions workgroup, designed to make recommendations on the agency’s cancer-fighting programs and processes. The announcement follows a June 26 meeting of CPRIT stakeholders in Austin, the first in a series of meetings to drive the agency’s “Future Directions” initiative.

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CPRIT HOSTS FUTURE DIRECTIONS MEETING TO CREATE ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced that the inaugural meeting of its “Future Directions” workgroup will take place today, June 26, in Austin. CPRIT announced the establishment of the Future Directions initiative earlier this month as a vehicle to inform the next phase of the state agency’s lifecycle.

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CPRIT OPENS DOORS FOR AUDIT BY STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced that an audit by the State Auditor's Office will kickoff with an entrance conference this afternoon. The audit is part of the State Auditor's Office annual workplan.

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STATE INSTITUTE AWARDS MORE THAN $81 MILLION TO SUPPORT CANCER DRUG DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT

The Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced funding in excess of $81 million to support cancer research and commercialization projects in Texas. The 25 newly funded projects bring the total amount of grants by CPRIT since its inception in 2007 to more than $650 million.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT POISED TO BRING LIFE-SAVING TREATMENTS AND JOBS TO TEXAS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announces a partnership agreement with Texas BioAlliance and Spindletop Healthcare Capital to boost investment in life-saving cancer technologies in Texas. As part of the two-year agreement, CPRIT is providing $200,000 annually to help Craig Tooman – former top executive at Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – in his efforts to identify an oncology-related technology around which to start a Texas-based life sciences company. This is the first agreement to come out of the CPRIT-funded Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES NEW TOBACCO-FREE POLICY FOR GRANTEES

In anticipation of World Cancer Day on February 4, when we pay tribute to the 13 million people worldwide who are affected by this tragic disease and the 8 million who lose their battle with cancer each year, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) proudly announces a new tobacco-free policy for all current and future CPRIT grantees.

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State Cancer Institute Combats Rising Economic and Human Impact of Cancer

Texas residents unable to afford cancer prevention services will have increased access to critical breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening as a result of grants awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Counseling for tobacco cessation services as well as a survivorship program were also funded by the Institute at their quarterly board meeting held today in Austin, TX.

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Governor Rick Perry Appoints Meade and Moody to CPRIT Oversight Committee

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Alex Meade III of Mission and Walker Moody of Houston to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. The committee guides the work of the institute, which will award grants over the next 10 years to expedite innovation in cancer research, and attract and expand cancer prevention and treatment research capabilities.

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CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS RECEIVES $450 MILLION IN FUNDING TO BEGIN

AUSTIN, TX – The 81st Texas Legislature adjourned yesterday after passing legislation that included House Bill 1358, a bill that will dramatically improve operations of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (the Institute), created in House Bill 14 by the 80th Legislature. The bill, a model for other states, strengthens the conflict of interest guidelines, clarifies the peer review process and gives the Institute the necessary tools to ensure that taxpayer money is invested wisely. The Institute also received an appropriation of $450 million dollars for the next two years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention to expedite innovation in cancer treatment and expand cancer prevention and treatment capabilities.

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Long-time San Antonio Businessman and Rancher Mark E. Watson, Jr. Appointed CPRIT Governing Board

Texas House of Representatives’ Speaker Joe Straus recently announced the appointment of Mark E. Watson, Jr. to the Oversight Committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Mr. Watson, one of three appointees selected by the Speaker of the House to serve on the CPRIT Board, will fill a term that expires January 31, 2017. Members of the Oversight Committee guide the work of the Institute, which awards grants to expedite innovation in cancer research, help bring lifesaving cancer products to Texans and expand evidence-based cancer prevention capabilities across the state.

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CPRIT AWARD RECIPIENT RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) congratulates Apollo Endosurgery, one of the Institute’s first company investment grant recipients, for receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing its SuMO endoscopic tissue access and resection system.  The SuMO system is designed to allow the scarless surgical removal of certain precancerous gastrointestinal lesions during endoscopy procedures that include treatment for colorectal cancer.

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Visiting World-Renowned Cancer Researchers and Prevention Experts Help Keep Austin Weird while Battl

What could be more fitting for the final day of a national cancer conference than some of the world’s leading cancer experts taking a short time out to mark today’s Great American Smokeout by signing pledges to redouble their efforts in the fight against cancer on Austin’s uniquely weird Ashtrayler.

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Texas Cancer Conference Connects Leading-Edge Research to Everyday Screening and Prevention

As hundreds of the nation’s top cancer researchers and prevention experts converged on the Austin Convention Center this week for the Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference hosted by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), organizers literally extended the conference out well beyond the facility’s walls to touch thousands of Texans in need of support in their own personal battles with the deadly disease that claims thousands of lives every year.

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Statewide Clinical Trials Network Offers Relief to Cancer Patients in Remote Corners of Texas

It’s no secret that Texas is a big state, but it can become an issue for cancer patients in places such as Amarillo or El Paso who aren’t able to make the long drive to Houston or Dallas to participate in clinical trials.Through the Statewide Clinical Trials Network of Texas (CTNeT), more and more Texans battling cancer will be able to access the latest treatments while staying close to their personal comfort and support systems at home.

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INSTITUTE AWARDS MORE THAN $100 MILLION TO FUND TEXAS CANCER RESEARCH, ATTRACT TOP CANCER SCIENTISTS

A state-of-the-art facility for testing new cancer drugs, a project examining ways to more precisely treat lung cancer with radiation, and testing undertaken by a biopharmaceutical company on a promising new drug that targets Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma are among the projects awarded funding today (Nov. 2) by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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STATE, LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS EMPHASIZE IMPORTANCE OF BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

An estimated 15,562 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in Texas women, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 2,800 men and women are expected to lose their battle with breast cancer in 2011.

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CPRIT HELPING SOUTH TEXANS REDUCE CANCER RISK, INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF THE DEADLY DISEASE

With their region having one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the state, South Texas residents will soon find themselves with new resources for navigating and accessing cancer screening and prevention services as a result of projects funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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CPRIT AWARDS CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH RECRUITMENT EFFORTS AROUND THE STATE

From cancer screenings in El Paso to training nurses in Houston, from genetic testing in Dallas to preventing cancer through diet and exercise in San Antonio, Texas is funding projects across the state that are critical to meeting its goal of reducing the cancer burden for Texans.  In addition to these projects and many others, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) approved funding to recruit a line-up of leading scientists in cancer research who will soon be calling Texas home.

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CPRIT ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH ROCHE AIMED AT ADVANCING TEXAS’ FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced a strategic partnership agreement with the Swiss-based healthcare company Roche (SIX: RO, ROG, OTCQX: RHHBY) to accelerate the development of promising oncology-related cancer research projects in Texas. Under the terms of the agreement, CPRIT and Roche will collaborate to identify ventures and technologies from academia and early stage projects in Texas that have the potential to strengthen Roche’s R&D portfolio.

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CPRIT ANNOUNCES TEN PATIENT SUPPORT SERVICES GRANTS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced ten grant awards from the Texans Conquer Cancer Patient Support Services Program.  These grants, funded by proceeds from the sale of “Texans Conquers Cancer” specialty license plates, are designed to help nonprofit organizations provide support services and assistance to cancer patients and their families including but not limited to transportation, rent, utilities, groceries/food, childcare, medication assistance and medical supplies.

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TEXAS ADVANCES FIGHT AGAINST CANCER CPRIT ANNOUNCES 22 NEW CANCER RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded $116 million for 22 innovative cancer research and commercialization projects at 16 Texas-based institutions and private companies.  The grants announced today and the recruitment of five researchers to Texas are the part of $216 million expected to be awarded by the Institute in 2011 to support groundbreaking cancer research, drug development, and evidence-based cancer screening efforts in Texas.  Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $500 million has been invested in Texas’ ten year mission to change the face of cancer.

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NEW STUDY DETAILS INCREASING COST OF CANCER IN TEXAS

A new report recently released by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) confirms the devastating effects of the cost of cancer in the state of Texas.  Annual direct medical costs and the costs of morbidity and mortality losses associated with cancer in Texas now total $25.3 billion, a 15.8% increase since 2007.

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NEW ROUND OF CPRIT PREVENTION GRANTS TO REACH OVER HALF A MILLION TEXANS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded over  $11 million to fund 22 new cancer prevention programs, targeting over 600,000 Texans.  CPRIT also announced a $2 million recruitment award for UT Southwestern Medical School in its effort to recruit an outstanding researcher in the cancer field to Texas as a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research.

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Bill Gimson Named Executive Director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

William “Bill” Gimson has been named executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) by its Oversight Committee.

CPRIT was created by the 80th Texas Legislature through House Bill 14, which merged the Texas Cancer Council (TCC) into CPRIT. TCC was created in 1985 as a grantmaking agency focused on the prevention of cancer. All duties, powers, obligations, and appropriations were transferred to CPRIT from TCC. In 2007, Texas voters approved Proposition 15, the constitutional amendment that allows the State of Texas to issue $3 billion in general obligations bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. CPRIT is governed by an 11-member Oversight Committee which consists of three appointments each by the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. In addition, the Attorney General and the Comptroller or their designees are members of this committee.

Following a national search, Gimson emerged as the Oversight Committee’s top choice for executive director with 35 years of administrative experience from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Gimson recently retired as the chief operating officer of the CDC, where he had oversight for more than 15,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $10 billion

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CPRIT announces Chief Scientific Officer

Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate, has been named chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

I am thrilled that someone of Dr. Gilman's professional stature has agreed to join the CPRIT leadership team as chief scientific officer,” said William “Bill” Gimson, recently named executive director of the agency. “Dr. Gilman is one of few Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine in the country and his participation sends a strong and clear message that we will be pursuing the most creative, innovative and groundbreaking science for Texas.”

Dr. Gilman received his bachelor of science degree (summa cum laude) in biochemistry from Yale University, and his medical doctor degree and doctorate in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University. Following his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of biochemical genetics at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gilman’s career led him to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he remained for ten years. In 1981, he became the chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He was elected executive vice president of academic affairs and provost in 2006.

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Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., to head CPRIT Scientific Review Council

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., will chair the Institute’s Scientific Review Council overseeing the selection of the agency’s research grants. Dr. Sharp, a world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, is a professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In November 2007, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the State of Texas to establish CPRIT and to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. Research and prevention grant applications will be assessed using an external- to-Texas peer review process. CPRIT plans to announce its first round of Request for Proposals in August and grants could be awarded by the end of the calendar year. Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., another renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate, will lead the research grant process as Chief Scientific Officer of the Institute.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the CPRIT team,” said Dr. Sharp. “It will be very exciting to see CPRIT fund innovative research that will continue the quest in the cure for cancer”.

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CPRIT Announces General Counsel

Kristen Pauling Doyle has been named general counsel of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas(CPRIT).

I am so pleased to welcome someone of Kristen’s caliber and experience to the Institute,” said William “Bill” Gimson, CPRIT executive director. “She not only has the skills for the job but also the passion!”

Ms. Doyle will direct all legal activities related to CPRIT, strengthening the Institute’s ability to execute its mission. Her responsibilities will range from providing legal advice and counsel to preparing guidelines, procedures and rules for the new agency.

“I am excited to be a part of this groundbreaking effort,” said Ms. Doyle. “As a cancer survivor, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute professionally and personally to finding a cure for this disease that affects so many Texans.”

Ms. Doyle has spent the majority of her legal career practicing administrative law with an emphasis in the field of energy and regulatory law. For nine years, she has represented political subdivisions before the Texas Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Railroad Commission. Most recently, Ms. Doyle was a principal attorney at an Austin-based law firm. Prior to private practice, she was an assistant public counsel for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel.

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CPRIT Receives almost 900 Proposals for Research Funding in First Round

CPRIT received 881 grant proposals in response to their initial research funding opportunities.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that 881 applications were received in response to CPRIT’s first two requests for applications (RFAs) for cancer research funding awards, the Individual Investigator Research Award and the High Impact/High Risk Research Award. The requests for funding total approximately $1.25 billion, about six times more money than will be available in the first year of funding.

"The response from the research community has been impressive," said Bill Gimson, executive director. “CPRIT received applications from institutions, health centers, and private businesses all over the state. We now start the process of selecting the very best projects, those that will truly make a difference.”

Of the applications submitted, the two most popular categories of research topics are cell biology and clinical and experimental therapeutics, comprising half of the application pool. Genetics and molecular biology and pathobiology make up another quarter of the applications.

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CPRIT Announces Chief Commercialization Officer

Jerald S. Cobbs, MBA, has been named chief commercialization officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

“The addition of Mr. Cobbs to the CPRIT team completes the three pillars of the Institute’s mission – research led by Dr. Al Gilman, prevention under Dr. Becky Garcia and now commercialization headed up by Jerry” said Bill Gimson, CPRIT’s executive director. “The commercialization process will allow the state to collect royalties, income and other benefits realized as a result of projects undertaken with money awarded under the cancer prevention and research fund.”

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CPRIT Announces Prevention Program Director

Ramona Magid has been named prevention program director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Ms. Magid will assist in setting goals and strategic direction and developing policies for CPRIT’s prevention program, led by Rebecca Garcia, Ph.D., CPRIT’s chief prevention officer. Her responsibilities will range from managing day-to- day operations for CPRIT’s prevention review office to communicating with the public regarding the goals, philosophy, and scope of the prevention program.

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CPRIT’s First Round of Requests for Prevention Funding Exceed Total Budget Amount

CPRIT receives requests totaling over $28 million in response to its initial prevention funding opportunities.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that 55 applications were received in response to CPRIT’s first two requests for applications (RFAs) for cancer prevention funding awards. Three additional RFAs are still to be released early next month. Twenty-six applications were submitted in response to the Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services RFA and 29 applications were submitted for the Health Promotion, Public Education, and Outreach Programs RFA. The request for funding was $28,182,691, which is more than the $22 million that will be available in the first year of funding for the prevention grants program.

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CPRIT Responds to USPSTF Revised Mammography Screening Guidelines

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today at its quarterly board meeting that it will continue to support mammography screening for women at average risk for breast cancer beginning at age 40. This comes in response to a recent United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) change in guidelines, which no longer recommends routine breast cancer screening for women between the ages of 40 and 49.

“We are concerned that the new USPSTF recommendations will create confusion and cause women to question the value of mammography,” said Joseph Bailes, M.D., medical oncologist and member of CPRIT’s oversight committee.

CPRIT was established in 2007 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment that authorized the state to issue $3 billion to fund grants for cancer research and prevention programs. CPRIT has begun accepting and reviewing grants for prevention programs, services and research.

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Stephen W. Wyatt, D.M.D, M.P.H, to head CPRIT Prevention Review Council

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that Stephen W. Wyatt, D.M.D, M.P.H. will chair CPRIT’s prevention review council overseeing the selection of the agency’s prevention grants. Dr. Wyatt has an impressive public health career with extensive credentials in the field of cancer prevention and control. Dr. Wyatt is the dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.

“I am impressed with the commitment the State of Texas has made to cancer prevention and research, and am honored to have been asked to be part of the team that moves this initiative forward,” said Dr. Wyatt.

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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Moves One Step Closer To Funding First Round

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced today that 403 of the nearly 900 proposals submitted are still in contention for CPRIT’s inaugural cancer research funding awards. The applications for the Individual Investigator Research Award and the High Impact/High Risk Research Award will now undergo a second, more intense peer review evaluation by seven committees over the next six weeks beginning the end of this month. CPRIT expects to announce its first funding awards in January 2010, just three months after the submission deadline.

“The number and quality of the applications submitted to CPRIT’s first call for creative, innovative projects is impressive,” said Bill Gimson, CPRIT’s executive director. “Texas is defining the fight against cancer and researchers are responding.”

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CPRIT Announces Release of Company Investment Funding Opportunities

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) released a request for applications (RFA) for company investment on November 20, 2009. Company is defined in the RFA as a Texas-based entity or an entity located in Texas at the time a contract for a company investment award is executed. This investment award is intended to support companies undertaking product research and development in Texas with Texas-based employees.

CPRIT will foster cancer research as well as product and service development in Texas by providing financial support for a wide variety of projects relevant to cancer. This RFA solicits applications for innovative products addressing critically important needs related to diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of cancer and the product development infrastructure needed to support these efforts. CPRIT encourages applications that seek to apply or develop state of the art products, services, technologies, tools and/or resources for cancer research, prevention or treatment.

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CPRIT Issues Four Requests for Applications for Prevention Grants

Four Requests for Applications (RFAs) for cancer prevention grants are available on the CPRIT website (www.cprit.state.tx.us).

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UT GETS $3.3 MILLION IN CANCER RESEARCH GRANTS

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas(CPRIT) today presented a $3.3 million check to The University of Texas at Austin.

These monies, part of CPRIT’s $61 million inaugural grants, will fund research projects at the university under the direction of Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. Krishnendu Roy. The check was accepted by the university’s Vice President for Research Juan Sanchez.

“We are delighted that the applications submitted by Dr. Georgiou and Dr. Roy were selected for funding in this first round of CPRIT grants,” said Dr. Sanchez. “We believe this research to be critical in the process of finding a cure for this insatiable disease.”

Dr. Georgiou’s work will focus on two separate areas of research. One will test engineered antibodies to kill breast cancer cells, and the other will further the development of a drug that might result in selective tumor killing while leaving normal tissue unharmed. Dr. Roy will be working to develop a highly effective injectable vaccine against lymphoma.

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TAMU Gets More Than $1.1 Million in Cancer Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today (Tuesday, March 23) presented a check totaling more than $1.1 million to The Texas A&M University System to provide support for cancer-related research by two professors.

The funds, part of CPRIT’s $61 million inaugural grants, will support research projects under the direction of Dr. Robert Chapkin, professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Dr. Darwin Prockop, professor of molecular and cellular medicine and holder of the Stearman Chair in Genome Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Prockop also is director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Scott & White Hospital and Clinic in Temple.

CPRIT was represented at the presentation by James Mansour, chairman of its Oversight Committee, and Executive Director Bill Gimson.

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CPRIT STARTS SECOND YEAR BY ADDING MORE THAN $40 MILLION IN AWARDS TO CANCER RESEARCH PORTFOLIO

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the second largest funding source for cancer research in the United States, kicks off its second year by awarding 52 cancer research grants totaling $40,302,026 to 13 Texas institutions. Among the grants are two CPRIT Scholars in Cancer Research recruitment awards bringing outstanding scientists from preeminent institutions to join the faculty at Texas universities.

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Top Cancer Experts To Convene In Austin To Celebrate First-Year Achievements By CPRIT

Officials at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) have announced the program for its inaugural Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference.  Leading researchers, clinicians, and community health experts in the cancer field will convene in Austin on November 16-19 at the Austin Convention Center. The conference will demonstrate the significant scope and reach of the Institute, highlighting topics and speakers that place equal emphasis on research and prevention and range far beyond Texas’s borders. The Institute, created in 2007 when Texans voted to commit $3 billion to defeat cancer, has grown to be the country’s second-largest cancer research grant-funding organization.

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Texas Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Day

A ceremony was held on the steps of the State Capitol today marking the State's fourteenth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The event, hosted by partners that include the Governor's Commission for Women, the Department of State Health Services Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), serves to honor those whose lives have been lost to breast cancer and those that are still living with the disease. Today's ceremony is a part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness about breast cancer in Texas, thereby reducing the incidence and suffering from this disease.

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CPRIT To Present Research Grants To University Of Texas Medical Branch Totaling Over $4 Million

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) will present a check to The University of Texas Medical Branch  in Galveston on Monday, September 20th in the amount of $4,052,471. The check will be accepted by Dr. James Goodwin and Dr. Robert Ullrich at a ceremony at the UTMB Administration Building.

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CPRIT Presents Over $2.2 Million In Prevention Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented checks to four Houston-based organizations to further cancer prevention efforts. The recipients included HOPE Clinic, The Rose, University of Houston, and University Health Science Center at Houston.

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CPRIT Awards $142 Million in Texas Fight Against Cancer With Funded Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas today awarded $142 million in grants to fund innovative cancer research and prevention programs across the state. Today’s announcement caps the first year of the Institute’s ten year mission. Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $300 million has been invested this year in Texas’ extraordinary endeavor to change the face of cancer.

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CPRIT Check Presentation to Three Austin Companies

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas recently awarded $142 million in grants to fund innovative cancer research and prevention programs across the state. This award announcement caps the first year of the Institute’s ten year mission. Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $300 million has been invested this year in Texas’ extraordinary endeavor to change the face of cancer.

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CPRIT Presents Grant Award Check to LiveStrong

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas recently awarded $142 million in grants to fund innovative cancer research and prevention programs across the state. This award announcement caps the first year of the Institute’s ten year mission. Together with matching funds committed by grant recipients, more than $300 million has been invested this year in Texas’ extraordinary endeavor to change the face of cancer.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Grant for 1st Scholar in Cancer Research

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded its initial grant for a First-Time, Tenure Track Faculty Member to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The $2 million, 4-year grant will be utilized to recruit noted researcher Dr. Ralf Kittler to establish a fully independent laboratory focusing on the study of prostate cancer beginning February of 2010.

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CPRIT Presents Texas Tech Research Grants Totaling Over $1 Million

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a check to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the amount of $1,344,300.

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CPRIT Presents Mercy $300,000 Cancer Outreach Grant

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a $300,000 check to Mercy Ministries of Laredo.

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CPRIT Presents Baylor $200,000 Cancer Research Grant

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a $200,000 check to Baylor University. The check was accepted by the university’s Vice Provost for Research Dr. Truell Hyde.

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CPRIT Presents Over $35 Million In Cancer Research And Prevention Grants To Houston Recipients

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented over $35 million in cancer grants to academic institutions and businesses in the Houston area. The local recipients of these grants include Baylor College of Medicine; Ingeneron, Inc.; Methodist Hospital Research Institute; Rice University; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer System; and Visualase, Inc.

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CPRIT Funds First Cancer Prevention Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded over $6.8 million to fund twelve new cancer prevention programs through local clinics, health districts, community-based organizations, and academic institutions across the state of Texas. This is the very first round of prevention grants awarded in CPRIT’s 10-year, $3 billion mission.

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UT Gets $3.3 Million in Cancer Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today presented a $3.3 million check to The University of Texas at Austin. These monies, part of CPRIT’s $61 million inaugural grants, will fund research projects at the university under the direction of Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. Krishnendu Roy.

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CPRIT Awards More Than $60 Million In Research Grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded the first $61 million in grants for cancer research projects at academic institutions and private companies throughout Texas.

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CPRIT Joins First Lady Anita Perry in Response to USPSTF Revised Mammography Screening Guidelines

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) reiterated today at a press conference with Texas First Lady Anita Perry that it will continue to support mammography screening for women at average risk for breast cancer beginning at age 40.

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