CPRIT has surpassed the halfway point of its authorized funding. At a Capitol press conference, CPRIT leadership and grantees talked about the agency’s ongoing mission to reduce the burden of cancer in Texas.
CPRIT prevention grantee Dr. Rakhshanda Rahman of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has partnered with Amarillo’s public health department on “mobile health village” events, providing underserved women in the Texas Panhandle with breast and cervical cancer education and screenings.
Dr. Jim Allison was recruited to MD Anderson Cancer Center with the help of CPRIT funding in 2012. He won the prestigious 2015 Lasker-DeBakey award for his pioneering work in immunotherapy, which unleashes the body’s immune system against tumors. In this video, Dr. Allison reveals why he takes the fight against cancer personally, and he talks about the promise of immunotherapy against melanoma, lung and many other types of cancers.
Gregg Sando, founder and CEO of Cell Medica. With help from a CPRIT product development research grant, Sando’s company is developing a therapeutic that unleashes the human body’s immune system against advanced lymphomas associated with Epstein-Barr virus, an oncogenic condition tied to a wide range of cancers.
Most people think of breast cancer as an older woman's disease. But Desiree Anzalone is a breast cancer survivor at 25. A CPRIT-funded mammogram "completely saved my life," she says.
The CPRIT Scientific Research Office staff conducted an information session for potential applicants to discuss the Multi-Investigator Research Awards (MIRA) grant program and RFA-R-16-MIRA-2 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Jeannie Aileru was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer following a CPRIT-funded mammogram. In this video, Jeannie describes toughening her mental outlook to deal with adversity. She also discusses how BRCA gene testing for breast and cervical cancer in her family’s past helped her daughter see into the future.
A CPRIT-funded breast cancer screening in 2014 helped save Julie Curry’s life. In this video, she discusses how a “routine” mammogram led her to important genetic testing and counseling for cancer.
UT Southwestern’s Dr. Joshua Mendell, a newly named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, talks about his CPRIT-funded research on cancer cells.
Dr. Jenny Vidrine’s CPRIT-funded tobacco cessation program has helped smokers in Harris County kick the habit.
Rice University’s Jose Onuchic, brought to Texas with help from a CPRIT grant, is “eavesdropping” on genes to gain insight into how cancer develops.
William Rice, Chair of the CPRIT Oversight Committee, moderates a discussion about cancer, with Dr. Greg Aune, Dr. Emil Freireich, Dr. Margaret Kripke, and Dr. Debra Patt, following a screening of Ken Burns’s “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”
Dorothy Gibbons, CEO of The Rose, explains how CPRIT funding helps support such efforts as their Mobile Mammography Outreach program, which has provided services to thousands of women in 24 Texas counties.
Dr. Margaret Kripke, CPRIT’s chief scientific officer, delivered the keynote address at TAMEST’s 12th annual conference in Austin on January 22, 2015.
Simon Lee talks about the importance of providing breast cancer screenings to women in 17 rural Texas counties. CPRIT funding supports his prevention project at UT Southwestern/Moncrief Cancer Institute.
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