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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State Awards $13 Million to Three UT Health Institutions in Latest Round of Cancer Grants

Three UT System health institutions have been awarded more than $13 million in grants for cancer prevention and research efforts.

The awards – $5.6 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, $4.7 million to UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and $2.7 million to UT Health Science Center at Houston – were among $29 million in grants authorized Jan. 18 by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). 

Grants will be used to fund six projects aimed at research and prevention efforts for multiple types of cancer, including breast, colon and cervix cancers. 

Since 2010, CPRIT has awarded 364 grants totaling nearly $600 million for cancer research and prevention and commercialization. The institute was established after Texas voters in 2007 authorized the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to be used for such efforts over 10 years. 

Eleven UT System institutions and its administrative arm have been among the 72 entities receiving CPRIT grants.

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