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Baylor awarded $17.5 million in CPRIT grants for cancer research

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Baylor College of Medicine has been awarded more than $17.5 million in grants by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support cancer research and training.

CPRIT awarded 25 new grants to institutions across Texas, totaling more than $69 million, to advance the fight against cancer, including six grants to Baylor College of Medicine. To date, CPRIT has awarded more than $2.7 billion in grants to Texas research institutions and organizations through its academic research, prevention and product development programs.

Awards to Baylor College of Medicine include:

Research Training Awards

Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, Distinguished Service Professor of molecular and cellular biology and leader of the Breast Cancer Program at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Baylor College of Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Training Program - $3,974,082

Dr. Margaret Spitz, professor of medicine – epidemiology and population sciences:

Systems Epidemiology for Cancer Training Program (SECT Program) - $3,593,867

Recruitment of Rising Stars Awards — $4 million (Recruitment of faculty is underway.) This award is for early-stage investigators who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments during their initial years of independent research.

Recruitment of First-time Tenure-track Faculty Members — $6 million (Recruitment of faculty is underway.)

“We are delighted to have continuing support for our two comprehensive training programs led by Drs. Spitz and Rosen that support trainees in cancer research at all stages of career development,” said Dr. Helen Heslop, professor and interim director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy and a Dan L Duncan Chair at Baylor. “The recruitment awards are also extremely important as they enable us to attract outstanding cancer researchers to Texas.”

CPRIT launched in 2009 following a constitutional amendment to commit $3 billion in the fight against cancer over 10 years. In 2019, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to provide an additional $3 billion to CPRIT for a total $6 billion investment in cancer research and prevention. Read more about the most recent round of CPRIT funding here.

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