The race to find advanced cancer therapies and ultimately cures only intensifies and states and their institutions are positioning to be in front.  This makes the stakes bigger and the demand for top oncology researchers and investigators white hot. Texas’ Cancer Prevention and Research Institute has awarded $38 million funding round to boost research across the state. Recently, UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Texas at Dallas were awarded $12 million to recruit cancer researchers and clinical investigators to North Texas.

CPRIT Secures an Additional $3 Billion of Publicly-backed Funds

Texas voters recently approved a constitutional amendment on Nov. 5 to support cancer research in Texas by reauthorizing the cancer research agency and an additional $3 billion in public funding reported the Dallas Morning News.

These funds are now being put to use in an intensive recruitment drive to make Texas even more prominent in cancer research. In addition to the $12 million going to the Dallas universities, a total of $38 million is awarded across the state to benefit the likes of Rice University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.

The awards thus far:

  • $6 million to recruit Ulrich Steidl to UT Southwestern from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
  • $2 million to recruit Eric Welin to the University of Texas at Dallas from the California Institute of Technology
  • $2 million to recruit Matteo Ligorio to UT Southwestern from Massachusetts General Hospital
  • $2 million to recruit Benjamin Drapkin to UT Southwestern from Dana-Farber Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Source: Dallas News

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