The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), which was launched in 2009, is the largest source of public funding for cancer research and programs in the United States outside of the federal government.
According to CPRIT’s recently-published progress report, CPRIT has awarded more than 1000 grants and, last week, the agency exceeded $1.5 billion in grant dollars awarded, surpassing the halfway point of its original funding authorization.
Worthy of note is the fact that CPRIT has offered 2.8 million prevention services to Texans in all 254 Texas counties and CPRIT recruitment grant dollars which has brought 110 leading cancer researchers and their labs into Texas. These CPRIT-funded researchers have made a significant advancement through the discovery of a simple blood test for early detection of pancreatic cancer and other works in the field of cancer immunotherapy.
CPRIT has experienced continued support across the state. This decision to be a leading research institute in cancer is supported by about 89 per cent of its residents.
While this major milestone is worth celebrating, it is clear that there is still much more work that needs to be done. LIVESTRONG supports Texas in its adoption of innovative approaches in the fight against cancer and is eager to see the progress that CPRIT will make in the next five years.