News and Updates
CPRIT Hires Chief Compliance Officer
David Reisman to Oversee CPRIT Compliance Process
AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has selected David Reisman as the agency’s chief compliance officer (CCO). Reisman was previously executive director of the Texas Ethics Commission which administers and enforces campaign finance, lobby and conflict of interest laws for the state.
CPRIT Awards Prevention Grants
Ten new CPRIT grants support evidence-based cancer prevention services and health behavior change through public education
AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 10 grants through its prevention program. The grants, totaling $10,778,222, support a range of prevention services including screening, vaccinations, and survivor care and provide funding to address critical needs and reach underserved populations across the state.
CPRIT Names Chief Executive Officer
CPRIT Oversight Committee Hires Interim Executive Director Wayne R. Roberts to Lead Institute
AUSTIN — At its meeting today, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee named Wayne R. Roberts chief executive officer. Roberts has held the position of interim executive director of the agency since December 2012 when he was hired to stabilize CPRIT and work with the legislature to strengthen the agency's governance and accountability.
CPRIT Announces New Scientific Review Council
As one of the first steps in reinitiating its research grants program, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has recruited new members to its Scientific Review Council. The council oversees the grant peer review process for one of the most ambitious, publicly funded cancer research programs in the nation. Comprised of some of the most distinguished cancer research scientists and clinicians from across the country, the council will help guide the direction and ensure the quality of the state’s investment of cancer research funds over the next several years.
Moratorium on CPRIT Grant Award Process Lifted
On October 30, 2013, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker authorized CPRIT grant operations to be resumed.
Roadmap to Resuming Grant Awards
Since the legislature passed SB 149, CPRIT has been moving ahead with efforts to resume the agency’s grant awards process. View the CPRIT Roadmap to Resuming Grant Awards for a timeline and summary of activities and priorities critical for the agency to resume the grant awards process with deliberate purpose, accountability and transparency. As we continue to make progress, check back for updates on the status of individual activities and priorities.
Governor Perry Signs SB 149
Governor Perry has signed into law Senate Bill 149, the reform bill revising CPRIT’s enabling legislation. The legislation strengthens CPRIT and allows the agency to fulfill its vital mission to fight cancer in Texas with transparency and accountability. Click the link below to view key enhancements of CPRIT Operations and Governance in SB 149.
Update from Interim Executive Director - 05/28/2013
With the end of the 83rd Texas Legislature’s Regular Session, I want to provide an update on CPRIT’s progress and expectations going forward.
Senate Bill 149, the reform bill revising CPRIT’s enabling legislation, has been sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature. This bill, which will become law immediately upon the governor’s signature, strengthens CPRIT operations and governance. Significant provisions include:
- Heightened conflict-of-interest standards for CPRIT staff, Oversight Committee members, and reviewers;
- Process improvements for developing and approving grants, and;
- More consistent and effective monitoring of grantees’ performance.
Margaret Kripke Selected as AACR Academy Fellow
CPRIT Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Margaret Kripke has been selected to join the inaugural class of the Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy. The inaugural class includes 106 individuals recognized as distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have lead to significant innovation and progress against cancer. The inaugural Fellows will be inducted into the AACR Academy at the AACR Annual Meeting in April 2013.
Implementation of the State Auditor’s Report and other Reforms
Positive steps have begun to ensure proper controls and procedures are in place to prevent reoccurrence of issues identified by the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). These actions are designed to increase transparency and strengthen administrative controls of grant awards, both of which are crucial for restoring the Legislature's and public's trust in CPRIT's ability to carry out its mission.
View CPRIT's Implementation Plan – This document provides a detailed description of how CPRIT is addressing the 41 SAO recommendations, proposed legislative changes, and other changes. This document changes frequently and is the most recent available.