UT Southwestern Receives More Than a Third of Latest Round of CPRIT Grant Funding

UT Southwestern Medical Center has been awarded $27,827,022 in grant funding, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced last Wednesday. Through 22 awards, UT Southwestern received 38% of the $73.5 million in total grant money disbursed. CPRIT spread the money across 57 payments to 11 different institutions.

UT Southwestern had received 258 taxpayer-funded grants through CPRIT prior to this round.

“Texas taxpayers’ support of CPRIT furthers research by UT Southwestern basic scientists, physician-scientists, and clinical investigators to learn more about how cancer occurs, to develop improved cancer therapies, and to step up prevention efforts,” Dr. Carlos L. Arteaga said. Arteaga is the director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Among other efforts, these grants will fund research on the role played by extra chromosomes in the development of liver cancer, continue work on a way to illuminate cancer during surgery, and support hepatitis C screening among baby boomers,” he says.

Established in 2007 with $3 billion in taxpayer funding, CPRIT boosts cancer research and prevention programs in Texas through grants to public and private institutions. The latest round of 57 grants brings CPRIT’s total to 1,247 awards for $1.95 billion. The agency will continue to disseminate grants until it undergoes a sunset review in 2023 to determine its future.

A complete list of the recent CPRIT grants can be found here.