Baylor College of Medicine has been awarded more than $31 million by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support new research, core facilities and recruitment of new faculty to support the fight against cancer.  

More than 60 grants were awarded across the state with 11 Academic Research Awards going to Baylor. To date, CPRIT has awarded $2.15 billion in grants to Texas researchers, institutions and organizations.

“CPRIT has been an amazing resource for Baylor College of Medicine, the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as all of Texas. Funding for innovative research, shared resource development, prevention and screening programs and recruitment of new faculty have helped make our cancer programs among the best in the nation,” said Dr. Kent Osborne, director and professor of the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor.  

The Multi-Investigator Research Award brings together investigators in collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects with promising clinical translation that will directly benefit patients. High-Impact/High-Risk grants support exploratory projects targeting new avenues of cancer research. The Core Facilities awards make cutting edge technology available to multiple research institutions through financial support for capital investment and technical expertise. The four recruitment grants expand Baylor’s growing pool of the best and brightest researchers with the potential to make significant advances for cancer science.

Awardees

Multi-Investigator Research Awards

Dr. Dolores Lopez-Terrada, professor of pathology & immunology and of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
Predictive Biomarkers and Novel Therapies for High-Risk Pediatric Liver Cancers — $5,982,208

High-Impact/High-Risk Awards

Dr. Philip J. Lupo, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
The Early-Life Exposome and Risk of Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia — $199,140

Dr. Maksim Mamonkin, assistant professor of pathology & immunology, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy
Controlling the Activity of Anticancer T Cells by Inducing Replicative Senescence — $200,000

Dr. Eric Chang, associate professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor
Regulating Androgen Receptor as a Corepressor by Neurofibromin (NF1) — $200,000

Dr. Eveline Barbieri, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
Targeting MYCN-Driven Metabolism in Neuroblastoma — $200,000

Core Facility Support Awards

Dr. Adrian P Gee, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and director of Cell Processing and Vector Production Shared Resource at Baylor
CARMIT (Children’s Access to Regenerative Medicine in Texas) — $5,306,052

Dr. Christine Beeton, associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and academic director of Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core at Baylor
Advanced Multiparameter Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core — $5,177,994

Recruitment of Established Investigator Awards — $6 million

(Recruitment of faculty is currently underway.)

Recruitment of Rising Stars Awards — $4 million

(Recruitment of faculty is currently underway.)

Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members Awards —Two grants totaling $4 million

(Recruitment of faculty is currently underway.)

CPRIT launched in 2009 following a constitutional amendment to commit $3 billion in the fight against cancer over 10 years. This year, CPRIT has awarded 60 new grants to support academic research, prevention, product development research and the recruitment of outstanding cancer scientists to academic institutions in Texas.

Programs made possible with CPRIT funding have reached Texans from all 254 counties of the state, brought 159 distinguished researchers to Texas, advanced scientific and clinical knowledge, and provided more than 4.7 million life-saving education, training, prevention and early detection services to Texans. Learn more. Follow CPRIT on Twitter and Facebook