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HOUSTON ― The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was awarded $22.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), accounting for 30 percent of the $73.5 million in awards CPRIT announced today. The awards included $16.3 million for individual investigator research including awards for cancer in children and adolescents, computational biology, clinical translation, and prevention and early detection. MD Anderson also received $2 million for recruitment and $4 million for a colorectal cancer prevention coalition award.

“As our team of experts at MD Anderson works to advance understanding and treatment of cancer, we remain grateful to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for its support,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “These critical funds enhance our ability to find new therapeutic and preventive approaches for our patients and help further our mission to end cancer in Texas and beyond.”

Since its inception, CPRIT has awarded $1.95 billion in grants for cancer research, of which MD Anderson has received $378 million, or nearly 20 percent. The agency began making awards in 2009 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a 2007 constitutional amendment committing $3 billion to the fight against cancer.

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