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CPRIT makes major award for new prostate cancer drug research

Posted Apr 02 2011 12:00am

The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Institute of Texas (CPRIT), which we first wrote about back in late 2008 , has recently made  a major new grant award for prostate cancer research. With an endowment of $3 billion, CPRIT is one of the largest cancer research funding organizations in the US today.

On March 24, CPRIT announced a series of interlinked awards worth $5.2 million to an interdisciplinary collaboration between research teams at the University of Houston, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, and the University of Texas at El Paso. The research will explore the potential of hormone-like, plant-derived and synthetic chemicals to prevent and combat prostate cancer, and the development of drugs that target new areas of the androgen signaling system and work differently from existing therapies.

Since late 2009, CPRIT has channeled millions of dollars for prostate cancer-related research to Texas-based universities and other research-related institutions in the state, and has become a major source of funding for the cancer research community in Texas. In less than 18 months, CPRIT has made total awards of nearly $400 million to fund more than 250 cancer-related grant applications.

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