Kevin Pruitt, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Recruitment of Rising Stars
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
May 21, 2014
Cancer cells in breast tumors can produce their own estrogen, which not only fuels their growth but also helps prevent them from dying. Blocking estrogen production is one way of treating these cancers, but also often produces side effects like cognitive deficits or osteoporosis in patients.
Now, a researcher in Texas is trying to figure out how to block the production of estrogen only in cancer cells and prevent these unwanted side effects in the brain or bone. Kevin Pruitt was recruited with the help of a CPRIT Rising Stars Award to Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he holds the position of Associate Professor in the Immunology and Molecular Microbiology Department. In 2017 he was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Childers-Fralick Chair in Basic Cancer Research and in 2018 he was conferred the title of University Distinguished Faculty.