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February 2019: CPRIT awards new grants

Feb 21, 2019, 00:00 AM by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

(AUSTIN) — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 42 new academic research grants, seven prevention grants, and five product development grants totaling close to $96 million to advance the fight against cancer.

“This round of awards emphasizes CPRIT’s priorities of pediatric cancer prevention and research, reaching underserved populations and investing more in early translational research,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer.

For the first time, three Seed Award grants were funded from CPRIT’s Product Development Research Program, one of which is on pediatric cancer. The goal of the new Seed Awards is to assist startup companies transfer translational research into product development to bring disruptive cancer-fighting technologies to market. Nineteen percent ($9.9 million) of the Academic Research awards are for pediatric cancer. The awards include funding for Ewing’s sarcoma, HPV, leukemia, and neuroblastoma as well as cardiac health for childhood cancer survivors. Totaling $12.3 million, the seven Prevention Program grants address underserved populations and geographic areas disproportionately affected by cancer incidence, mortality or cancer risk prevalence. These grants focus on tobacco cessation, breast and cervical health, and HPV vaccination.

CPRIT has awarded 1,372 grants totaling more than $2.26 billion. CPRIT is now past the two-thirds mark in the state’s historical 2007 constitutional commitment of $3 billion to fight cancer.

Awarded Research Grants

Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection — Three grants totaling $3,890,151

  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    A Randomized, Controlled Trial Comparing the Immunogenicity of 2 Doses Versus 3 Doses of the 9-Valent HPV Vaccine in Males and Females 15 to 26 Years of Age (Abbey B. Berenson) — $1,491,473

Awarded Prevention Grants

Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations Awards — Four grants totaling $9,028,669

  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    Partnering with Schools and Clinics to Expand a Highly Successful HPV Vaccination Program for 9- to 17-Year-Olds from Medically Underserved Areas (Abbey Berenson) — $2,499,411

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