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UT Southwestern investigators awarded $48.2 million in latest round of CPRIT grants
Date:8/6/2012

DALLAS Aug. 3, 2012 The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (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.

These awards to UT Southwestern, made after a rigorous peer-review process, were part of $114 million allocated for 45 projects and scientific recruits at Texas-based academic institutions and private firms.

Our scientists and clinicians are dedicated to the fight against cancer, said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. These awards will allow our investigators, in many instances working closely with colleagues at other institutions, to pursue high-impact work that addresses the most important unanswered questions that will lead to better treatment and prevention.

CPRIT was established in 2007 after Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that authorized the state to fund cancer and prevention programs. In this latest round of CPRIT grants, UT Southwestern received the most funding of any individual Texas institution.

The new grants include seven Multi-Investigator Research Awards five involving UTSW which allow dream teams of scientists handpicked from multiple academic institutions to work collaboratively on cancer research projects.

It also provides funding for 14 projects to expand access to critical cancer prevention programs across Texas. For instance, to broaden access to screening services, Dr. Samir Gupta, assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences, was awarded $2.2 million in support of evidence-based colorectal cancer screening for the uninsured.

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Contact: Alex Lyda
alex.lyda@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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