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$7.7 million awarded from CPRIT


May 2012

Seven researchers in the School of Medicine were awarded grants from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Gail Tomlinson, M.D., Ph.D., interim director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute and professor of pediatrics, received $2.7 million to help health care providers map out their patients’ cancer risks, and to share information with the community about the importance of understanding family history. The grant also will support screening services for people at high risk who might not otherwise have access.

Researchers Tomlinson, Hinck, Mojica and Sun
Cynthia Mojica, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Institute for Health Promotion Research, received $2 million to partner with community organizations to offer breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to San Antonio residents unable to afford them.

Andrew Hinck, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, was awarded $1 million to fund instrumentation that will help researchers develop new cancer-fighting drugs and take screening capabilities to a new level.

LuZhe Sun, Ph.D., professor of cellular & structural biology and urology, received $875,252 for his work targeting the hedgehog pathway in prostate cancer.

Brad H. Pollock, M.P.H., Ph.D., professor and chairman of epidemiology and biostatistics, was awarded $767,107 to investigate environmental influences in hepatocellular liver cancer in South Texas. Ricardo Aguiar, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of hematology and medical oncology, was awarded $200,000 for a next-generation sequencing strategy in B-cell malignancies, and Sunil Sudarshan, M.D., assistant professor of urology, received $199,902 for the study of oncometabolites in renal cancer.





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