On November 6, 2007, Texas voters approved Proposition 15-HJR 90, the constitutional amendment that established the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and allows CPRIT to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over ten years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention. The Institute invests grants strategically in cancer research, clinical trials, and laboratory facility construction in Texas. CPRIT is charged with implementing the Texas Cancer Plan.
UH CPRIT awards for 2010 and 2011 now total $5.9 million.
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UH CPRIT awards to date.
- March 2010: Dr. Jenny Yi, Associate Professor, Department of Health & Human Performance, received a CPRIT Health Promotion, Public Education, and Outreach Programs award to develop effective strategies for Vietnamese American Women to prevent cervical cancer.
- June 2010: Dr. Monte Pettitt, Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Molecular Design, received a CPRIT Research Training Award to support post-doctoral training for computational biomedical scientists.
- October 2010: Dr. Richard Willson, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, received a CPRIT Individual Investigator award to study the use of immuno-genetic particles to detect lung cancer. Dr. Preethi Gunaratne received a CPRIT High Impact High Risk award to investigate the use of micro-RNA-conjugated gold particles to sensitive cancer cells for chemotherapy. Dr. Gunaratne is also co-PI on two new CPRIT grants awarded to Baylor College of Medicine.
- March 2011: Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson and colleagues at UH, UTEP, and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute received a Multi-Investigator award, Novel Nuclear Hormone Receptor Targets Prostate Cancer.