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CPRIT Halfway Point Highlights

CPRIT has surpassed the halfway point of its authorized funding. At a Capitol press conference, CPRIT leadership and grantees talked about the agency’s ongoing mission to reduce the burden of cancer in Texas.

Dr. Rakhshanda Rahman

CPRIT prevention grantee Dr. Rakhshanda Rahman of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has partnered with Amarillo’s public health department on “mobile health village” events, providing underserved women in the Texas Panhandle with breast and cervical cancer education and screenings.

Dr. Jim Allison’s Story

Dr. Jim Allison was recruited to MD Anderson Cancer Center with the help of CPRIT funding in 2012. He won the prestigious 2015 Lasker-DeBakey award for his pioneering work in immunotherapy, which unleashes the body’s immune system against tumors. In this video, Dr. Allison reveals why he takes the fight against cancer personally, and he talks about the promise of immunotherapy against melanoma, lung and many other types of cancers.

Cell Medica’s Story

Gregg Sando, founder and CEO of Cell Medica. With help from a CPRIT product development research grant, Sando’s company is developing a therapeutic that unleashes the human body’s immune system against advanced lymphomas associated with Epstein-Barr virus, an oncogenic condition tied to a wide range of cancers.

Desiree Anzalone’s Story

Most people think of breast cancer as an older woman's disease. But Desiree Anzalone is a breast cancer survivor at 25. A CPRIT-funded mammogram "completely saved my life," she says.

Strategies for Constructing a Competitive MIRA: A Discussion with CPRIT

The CPRIT Scientific Research Office staff conducted an information session for potential applicants to discuss the Multi-Investigator Research Awards (MIRA) grant program and RFA-R-16-MIRA-2 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Jeannie Aileru’s Story

Jeannie Aileru was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer following a CPRIT-funded mammogram. In this video, Jeannie describes toughening her mental outlook to deal with adversity. She also discusses how BRCA gene testing for breast and cervical cancer in her family’s past helped her daughter see into the future.

Julie Curry’s Story

A CPRIT-funded breast cancer screening in 2014 helped save Julie Curry’s life. In this video, she discusses how a “routine” mammogram led her to important genetic testing and counseling for cancer.

Unlocking the Mysteries Of Cancer Cells

UT Southwestern’s Dr. Joshua Mendell, a newly named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, talks about his CPRIT-funded research on cancer cells.

No Ifs, Ands or Butts

Dr. Jenny Vidrine’s CPRIT-funded tobacco cessation program has helped smokers in Harris County kick the habit.

What Genes Talk About When They Talk About Cancer

Rice University’s Jose Onuchic, brought to Texas with help from a CPRIT grant, is “eavesdropping” on genes to gain insight into how cancer develops.

CPRIT’s Panel Discussion on “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

William Rice, Chair of the CPRIT Oversight Committee, moderates a discussion about cancer, with Dr. Greg Aune, Dr. Emil Freireich, Dr. Margaret Kripke, and Dr. Debra Patt, following a screening of Ken Burns’s “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Providing Breast Cancer Screenings For Those In Need

Dorothy Gibbons, CEO of The Rose, explains how CPRIT funding helps support such efforts as their Mobile Mammography Outreach program, which has provided services to thousands of women in 24 Texas counties.

CPRIT: Moving Forward

Dr. Margaret Kripke, CPRIT’s chief scientific officer, delivered the keynote address at TAMEST’s 12th annual conference in Austin on January 22, 2015.

Simon Lee, PhD

Simon Lee talks about the importance of providing breast cancer screenings to women in 17 rural Texas counties. CPRIT funding supports his prevention project at UT Southwestern/Moncrief Cancer Institute.


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