News and Updates

New CPRIT Scholar Grants Recruit Talent to Texas Institutions

  • Published: November 28, 2018

AUSTIN — Today, four new CPRIT Scholar grants totaling $16 million were awarded. The grants will support the recruitment of investigators researching cancers of the brain and digestive system as well as experts in the field of immunotherapy.

“CPRIT Scholars are key to the momentum Texas has achieved in building a cancer-fighting ecosystem,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT CEO. “Attracting top talent to our state ensures that Texas institutions are at the cutting-edge of cancer research.”

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CPRIT Scholar Morrison Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

  • Published: October 18, 2018

(AUSTIN) – CPRIT Scholar Sean Morrison, Ph.D. of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the Academy, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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CPRIT Grantee Eberlin earns “Genius” Award for Innovative Cancer-detecting Device

  • Published: October 09, 2018

(AUSTIN) – Livia Schiavinato Eberlin Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, sometimes called a “Genius” award with a no-strings attached prize of $625,000. The fellowship results from her invention of the “MassSpec Pen,” a handheld device that identifies cancerous tissue within 10 seconds during surgical procedures. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas provides the funding to determine if her innovation has practical application. Earlier this year, her work on the device earned an Innovation Award from South by Southwest Interactive, and she consulted on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that featured the “MassSpec Pen.”

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CPRIT Scholar James Allison, PhD Awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine

Immunotherapy Pioneer Recruited to MD Anderson with 2011 CPRIT Grant

  • Published: October 01, 2018

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Oct. 1, 2018 – James P. Allison, a native of Alice, Texas, son of a country doctor, eminent scholar of the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and pioneer of cancer immunotherapy, has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine jointly with Tasuku Honjo. For Dr. Allison, the Nobel Prize recognizes his breakthrough work in studying a protein known as CTLA-4, proving that it behaves like a brake on immune responses. In November 2011, Dr. Allison was recruited back to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to study CTLA-4 with the help of a $10 million CPRIT grant.

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CPRIT Calls for All Texans to Take Action Against Cancer, Releases Blueprint for Reducing Cancer Burden in Texas

  • Published: September 25, 2018

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the release of the 2018 Texas Cancer Plan (“Plan”), a guide outlining actionable, achievable goals, objectives and strategies to reduce the burden of cancer for communities and individuals across Texas.

“Since its creation in 2007, CPRIT has helped make great strides in our fight against cancer, providing access to cancer prevention services for millions of Texans who have never had them before, and investing $2.15 billion in cancer prevention and research programs to reduce the cancer burden,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT CEO. “The Texas Cancer Plan is a road map in ongoing efforts to eradicate cancer and it sets goals for what Texans can accomplish when we set our minds to the betterment of our communities and our state.”

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CPRIT launches new liver cancer initiative to address growing Texas public health concern

  • Published: August 29, 2018

SAN ANTONIO – Today, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced a new statewide initiative aimed at reversing the rising rates of liver cancer. Texas has the highest incidence rate of liver cancer among all states. Texans of Hispanic ethnicity living along the US-Mexico border have more than twice the incidence rate of liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular cancer (HCC), than non-Hispanic whites.

“CPRIT is uniquely positioned to foster collaboration between clinical liver cancer research and community stakeholders,” said James Willson, MD, CPRIT Chief Scientific Officer. “By encouraging new partnerships across the state, we can better identify risk factors for cirrhosis and HCC and implement more effective evidenced-based interventions among high-risk populations.”

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CPRIT Surpasses $2 Billion Milestone with 64 New Grants

  • Published: August 24, 2018

AUSTIN – Today, with the approval of 64 new research, product development, and prevention grants totaling more than $177 million, the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded $2.15 billion of the $3 billion approved by Texas voters in 2007 to fight cancer.

“CPRIT has reached a significant milestone, which is only possible due to the support of Texans, their elected representatives, and our partner institutions and grantees,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer. “As a result of this historical undertaking, Texas is developing into a world class center of cancer research and prevention as our state’s institutions grow in international prominence.”

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Roberts receives Administrator of the Year Award from the Texas State Agency Business Administrators

  • Published: July 12, 2018

AUSTIN – The Texas State Agency Business Administrators’ Association (TSABAA) has named Wayne Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), its Administrator of the Year. The award was presented at the TSABAA Annual Conference in San Antonio.

“Wayne Roberts exemplifies the qualities we look for in state administrators – integrity, sound leadership and proven expertise in public policy,” said Rebecca Trevino, TSABAA President and Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Water Development Board. “Today, we recognize not only Mr. Roberts’ outstanding leadership since he took over the helm at CPRIT, but also his 40-plus years of service to the state of Texas where he has distinguished himself as an example for all administrators in the public sector.”

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CPRIT Announces New Early Translational Research Award RFA

  • Published: May 31, 2018

CPRIT announces a novel and collaborative programmatic approach aimed at the development of innovative technologies at Texas research institutions, which demonstrate great promise to impact the cancer burden in Texas and elsewhere.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards New Grants

  • Published: May 16, 2018

AUSTIN — Today, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded eight new academic research recruitment grants and a prevention dissemination grant totaling more than $30 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.

“CPRIT continues to attract the brightest minds in cancer research to Texas,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer. “This investment further enhances research talent to our state institutions to escalate our fight against cancer. The prevention dissemination award is to expand a highly successful CPRIT-funded project to new areas of the state.”

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CPRIT Announces New Seed Award for Early-Stage Oncology Startups

  • Published: April 30, 2018

AUSTIN – Today, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is unveiling a new award mechanism targeting early-stage oncology startup companies. Under this program, known as the Seed Award, companies can apply for up to $3 million in nondilutive funding to support development of innovative cancer therapeutics, diagnostics or tools.

"After consulting with different players in the life-sciences industry, we believe that this new award mechanism goes even further in helping great research journey from labs to clinical trials," said Mike Lang, CPRIT Chief Product Development Officer. "CPRIT’s crucial role is to support companies with promising research cross over the ‘Valley of Death’, the early translational stages where it’s difficult to raise venture capital."

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards New Grants

  • Published: February 21, 2018

AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 49 new academic research grants and eight prevention grants totaling more than $73.5 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.

“CPRIT enlarges Texas’ critical mass of research and adds to our world class research teams at the state’s institutions,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer. “CPRIT grants support novel evidence-based prevention screening for lung cancer — the leading cause of cancer deaths in Texas.”

CPRIT has awarded 1,247 grants totaling more than $1.95 billion. CPRIT is now past the two-thirds mark in the state’s historical 2007 constitutional commitment of $3 billion to fight cancer. During the 85th Texas Legislature, CPRIT’s Sunset Review date was extended by two years to 2023 to allow the agency to use fully all funds approved by Texas voters.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards New Grants

  • Published: November 29, 2017

AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded three new academic research grants and one prevention grant totaling more than $10 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.

“Today, CPRIT invested in both experienced and promising young investigators in cancer research, as well as prevention efforts that fight liver cancer–a growing threat to public health in Texas,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer. “These awards address CPRIT’s priorities of attracting outstanding researchers to Texas and addressing disparities and underserved populations.”

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Ten Year Anniversary of CPRIT

  • Published: November 06, 2017

AUSTIN – Statement from CPRIT CEO Wayne Roberts:

On this day ten years ago, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas became a reality. The citizens of Texas voted overwhelmingly to support Proposition 15, the constitutional amendment authorizing the establishment an agency dedicated to funding innovative cancer research, prevention programs and speed the development of new products through public-private agreements.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards 60 New Grants

  • Published: August 16, 2017

AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 60 new academic research, prevention, and product development research grants totaling more than $102 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.

Fifty-one of the awards, totaling more than $79 million, went to academic research grants, with 14 for recruiting outstanding cancer researchers to Texas. Eight prevention services grants were awarded totaling $14 million as well as one product development research grant for $9 million.

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85th Legislature Update From CPRIT CEO Wayne Roberts

  • Published: June 19, 2017

On June 9th Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 81, extending CPRIT’s Sunset Review date by two years from 2021 to 2023.

SB 81’s Sunset extension allows CPRIT to utilize fully the $3 billion authorized by the citizens of Texas for this historical undertaking. In addition, the bill provides CPRIT with the additional tools to manage the state’s investments more efficiently and with continued operational transparency. The votes for SB 81 in both chambers of the legislature are extremely encouraging and demonstrated strong CPRIT support—no significant vote came in less than a two-to-one margin.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards 10 New Grants

  • Published: May 17, 2017

AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded more than $25 million in new grants advancing the fight against cancer. All 10 grants were made through the CPRIT Scholars program.

One of CPRIT’s goals is to bolster cancer research by providing financial support to attract world-class research scientists to Texas universities and cancer research institutes through CPRIT Scholars recruitment grants. Today CPRIT approved more than $25 million for eight First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member grants, one Established Investigators grant, and one Rising Stars grant.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards 14 New Grants

  • Published: February 15, 2017

AUSTIN – February is National Cancer Prevention month, and nine of the projects awarded today will help Texans prevent and reduce their risk of cancer. These projects will provide education and screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, the hepatitis virus, as well as vaccinations for HPV and support for cancer survivors. To date, CPRIT’s 172 prevention programs have delivered over three million services all across Texas.

The CPRIT Scholars recruitment grants, totaling $22 million, include three to recruit established cancer scientists and two to bring first-time, tenure-track faculty members to academic institutions in Texas.

CPRIT has awarded 1,123 grants totaling more than $1.78 billion. The agency began making awards in 2009 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a 2007 constitutional amendment committing $3 billion to the fight against cancer.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas
Awards 48 New Grants

  • Published: November 16, 2016

AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 48 new grants totaling more than $93 million towards advancing the fight against cancer. Forty-six grants were made through CPRIT’s academic research program, and two grants were made through CPRIT’s product development research program.

“The awards announced today reflect CPRIT’s effort to grow the cancer-fighting ecosystem at our institutions of higher education and the Texas-based life sciences industry,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT chief executive officer, “We continue to maintain our momentum in attracting the world’s best minds in cancer research to Texas.”

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards 14 New Grants

  • Published: September 14, 2016

AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 14 new grants totaling more than $50 million towards advancing the fight against cancer. All 14 grants were made through CPRIT’s academic research program, including ten CPRIT Scholars recruitment grants and four Core Facility Support Awards.

To date, CPRIT has awarded 1,070 grants totaling more than $1.67 billion. The agency began making awards in 2009 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a 2007 constitutional amendment committing $3 billion to the fight against cancer.

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Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Awards 26 New Grants

  • Published: August 17, 2016

AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 26 new grants totaling just over $61.5 million. Twelve of the grants were made through CPRIT’s academic research program, including five CPRIT Scholars recruitment grants, and fourteen through its prevention program.

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CPRIT Awards 35 New Grants, Surpasses the Halfway Point of its Authorized Funding

  • Published: May 18, 2016

AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today surpassed the halfway point of its funding authority after awarding 35 new grants totaling around $79.2 million. Thirty-three of the grants were made through CPRIT’s academic research program and two through its product development research program.

To date, CPRIT has awarded 1,033 grants totaling more than $1.57 billion. The agency was launched in 2009 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a 2007 bond issue committing $3 billion to the fight against cancer.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Marks Progress at the Halfway Point of its Funding

  • Published: May 17, 2016

**Embargoed until 1 p.m. CST, Tuesday, May 17, 2016**

AUSTIN - Leadership of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today held a press conference at the State Capitol to review progress in its prevention, academic research and product development research programs at the halfway point of the agency’s authorized funding.

CPRIT was launched in 2009 after Texas voters overwhelmingly committed $3 billion in the fight against cancer. To date, CPRIT has awarded 998 grants totaling $1,496,398,115. Tomorrow, the CPRIT Oversight Committee will make decisions expected to push the cumulative award total to more than $1.5 billion.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Six New Academic Research Grants

  • Published: February 17, 2016

AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded six grants through its academic research program. The grants, totaling $26,000,000, support the recruitment of six outstanding cancer scientists, including three distinguished senior researchers, to Baylor College of Medicine and three institutions of The University of Texas System – MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT Austin and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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Dr. James Willson Joins CPRIT Leadership as New Chief Scientific Officer

  • Published: January 19, 2016

AUSTIN - Dr. James Willson has been named chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). He will lead the agency’s academic research program in supporting innovation in cancer research and recruiting world-class cancer researchers to Texas institutions.

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CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS AWARDS 73 NEW GRANTS

  • Published: November 19, 2015

Agency closes in on halfway point of its funding authority and surpasses 100 in number of top cancer researchers recruited to Texas institutions

AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 73 new grants totaling approximately $112 million: 60 grants through its academic research program, 12 grants through its prevention program and one grant through its product development research program.

CPRIT is nearing the halfway point of its funding authority. To date, the agency has awarded 992 grants totaling around $1.47 billion. Counting the latest round of grants, CPRIT has funded the recruitment of more than 100 top cancer researchers to Texas institutions.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Hires New Program Officer

  • Published: November 19, 2015

Michael Lang to Lead the Agency's Product Development Research Program

AUSTIN ‐ The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has hired Michael Lang as the agency’s new chief product development officer. Lang will lead CPRIT"s product development research program, designed to accelerate the progression of new cancer drugs, diagnostics, and therapies from the laboratory into clinical practice.

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CPRIT and the CAP Foundation Collaborate to Offer See, Test & Treat Program

  • Published: September 14, 2015

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the release for applications for See, Test & Treat, an innovative breast and cervical cancer screening program of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the CAP Foundation.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Five New Academic Research Grants

  • Published: September 10, 2015

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded five grants through its academic research program. The grants, totaling $17,700,000, support the recruitment of five cancer scientists to four academic institutions in Texas.

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards Seven New Academic Research Grants

  • Published: August 19, 2015

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded seven grants through its academic research program. The grants, totaling $23,000,000, support the recruitment of seven cancer scientists to academic institutions in Texas, including two distinguished senior researchers.

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