• For Immediate Release
    September 10, 2015 - AUSTIN, TX
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    Chris Cutrone 512-305-8483

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Five New Academic Research Grants


The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded five grants through its academic research program. The grants, totaling $17,700,000, support the recruitment of five cancer scientists to four academic institutions in Texas.

Since its inception, CPRIT has funded nearly 100 academic research recruitment grants totaling $292.1 million.

“To advance the fight against cancer, you need to have the very best scientists, and these new awards mean that CPRIT has attracted another five top researchers to Texas,” said Wayne Roberts, the agency’s chief executive officer.

The latest round of grants will help Texas academic institutions recruit two outstanding early-stage investigators whose research focuses on ovarian and breast cancer. The awards also support the recruitment of two promising emerging investigators pursuing their first faculty appointments in Texas. One of the grants is intended to bring a distinguished senior researcher with expertise in computational biology to The University of Texas at Austin from Vanderbilt University. 

After undergoing CPRIT’s research review process, the five grants were recommended by the Scientific Review Council and ratified by the Oversight Committee. The awarded grants include:

Recruitment of Established Investigators*:

  • Thomas Yankeelov, PhD., Recruitment to The University of Texas at Austin from Vanderbilt University – $6,000,000

Recruitment of Rising Stars*:

  • Chonghui Cheng, M.D., PhD., Recruitment to Baylor College of Medicine from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine – $4,000,000
  • Wa Xian, PhD., Recruitment to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from the University of Connecticut – $3,700,000

Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members*:

  • Ronald Parchem, PhD., Recruitment to Baylor College of Medicine from the University of California at San Francisco – $2,000,000
  • **Peter Douglas, PhD., Recruitment to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from the University of California, Berkeley – $2,000,000

*Recruitment grants awarded indicate only approval to negotiate offers; at the time of release candidates have not accepted offers
**Reaffirmed


About the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Beginning operations in 2009, CPRIT has to date awarded $1.35 billion in grants to Texas researchers, institutions and organizations. CPRIT provides funding through its academic research, prevention and product development research programs. Programs made possible with CPRIT funding have reached all 254 counties of the state, brought nearly 100 distinguished researchers to Texas, advanced scientific and clinical knowledge, and provided nearly 2.5 million life-saving education, training, prevention and early detection services to Texans. Learn more at cprit.state.tx.us. Follow CPRIT on Twitter and like CPRIT on Facebook.

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