AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 10 new academic research grants totaling over $31 million to recruit eminent cancer researchers to Texas.
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"Twelve years ago, Texas made history with an unprecedented initiative to take on cancer. Texas is clearly showing that the investment and focus have been worth it. We are making enormous progress in advancing the understanding of cancer science, accelerating potential cures and prevention strategies, and transforming the cancer landscape in Texas."
This week, CPRIT Chief Scientific Officer James Willson, MD presented invited testimony to the Senate Transportation Committee on SB 2014 and SB 2015 by Senator Pat Fallon. In his testimony, Dr. Willson outlined progress made on Childhood Cancer through CPRIT-funded research.
In 2019 there will be an estimated 11,533 cases of colon cancer and 4,242 deaths in Texas. Colon cancer could be virtually eliminated through screening and treatment yet it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Texas. Learn more about how CPRIT funds numerous programs combating this disease.