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CPRIT gives Health Science Center funds to support GCCRI investigators

SAN ANTONIO (August 3, 2012) – The UT Health Science Center San Antonio was awarded $1.8 million by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to fund work ranging from genetic analysis to patient counseling skills in San Antonio, including two grants to GCCRI investigators..


“We are exceptionally pleased at the confidence and support of CPRIT for our scientists,” said Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center. “We’re eager to turn this research into results.”


Gail Tomlinson, M.D., Ph.D., interim director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI), will receive $518,000 for her work on molecular and genetic analysis of liver tumors in children, while $816,000 goes to support Yidong Chen, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in his collaborative work with UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists looking into treatable genetic abnormalities in sarcoma patients in children and adolescents. 


Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing CPRIT and authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas. CPRIT’s goal is to expedite innovation and commercialization in cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state.