THE CANCER PREVENTION and Research Institute of Texas’s (CPRIT’s) Academic Research program has awarded 51 new grants to 16 different Texas institutions. The Core Facilities awards make newer treatment technologies available to multiple research institutions through financial support for capital investment and technical expertise. CPRIT also awarded 25 High Impact/High Risk grants for exploratory projects targeting new avenues of cancer research. The five new Multi-Investigator Research Awards bring together investigators in collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects with promising clinical translation, which can hopefully directly benefit patients. The 11 new recruitment awards expand Texas’ growing pool of researchers with the potential to make significant advances for cancer science. CPRIT has awarded 1,317 grants totaling more than $2.15 billion.
The 10 new prevention awards will provide evidence-based prevention services for tobacco cessation, liver cancer, human papillomavirus vaccination, breast cancer screening, and obesity-related cancers because of. Grants for smoking cessation services for low-income pregnant women in Northeast Texas and hepatitis B and C screening of the homeless target the needs of some of Texas’ most vulnerable citizens. Other grants awarded will expand cancer prevention services to rural and medically underserved populations. ■