Tribpedia: Cancer Prevention And Research Institute Of Texas (CPRIT)

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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, was created after Texans approved Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment passed in 2007 authorizing the state to issue bonds to fund cancer research and prevention. It was empowered to spend as much as $3 billion over 10 years, making it the second-largest taxpayer-funded cancer research organization in the country.

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CPRIT Foundation Releases List of Donors

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Foundation — a non-profit that supplements the salaries of the leaders at the state’s beleaguered $3 billion cancer research agency — released a full list of its donors on Thursday. It's the latest effort to increase transparency amid investigations into CPRIT's grant funding.

Lawmakers to Discuss Future of CPRIT Funding

As accusations of cronyism and ongoing investigations sully the reputation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are calling for reforms. On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee will hear testimony from CPRIT officials and begin to address whether the state should fund the institute in the future. 

Amid Investigations, CPRIT's Future Uncertain

The future of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas is far from certain, as the quasi-governmental agency and its fast-shrinking cast of advisers face accusations of impropriety and criminal and civil investigations. This week, House budget writers will meet to discuss whether to continue funding CPRIT, which receives $300 million annually.

CPRIT Dealing With Resignations of Scientific Reviewers

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The state’s $3 billion effort to battle cancer was delivered a major blow this month when 18 scientific reviewers resigned. Many quit in solidarity with their Nobel prize-winning scientific director, who has also quit.  Most of them allege that the organization was favoring politics, rather than science, when picking which projects to fund.

CPRIT Names Former Janek Aide Compliance Officer

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Patricia Vojack, the former chief of staff to incoming Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek, will serve as the inaugural compliance officer for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, an agency that has come under scrutiny in recent months over the fairness of its grant review process. 


Amid Controversy, CPRIT Reassesses Priorities

Advisers to the state's $3 billion Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas reconsidered how they set priorities and allocate funding on Tuesday — the first of several meetings aimed at reforming an entity reeling from the controversial resignation of its chief scientific officer. 


After Controversy, CPRIT Meets to Chart Future

Under the microscope following its chief scientific officer’s controversial resignation, the state’s $3 billion cancer institute will host a meeting Tuesday in Austin to assess its business and science practices. The announcement of Alfred Gilman's resignation came after he wrote a letter alleging that political considerations had trumped scientific merit in a grant award.

Updated: UT Cancer Institute Focuses on Drug Research

Hoping to get more effective cancer drugs into the hands of patients, state leaders announced the creation of a new cancer research institute in Houston this morning. As drug companies scale back research spending, the University of Texas is committing $75 million to kick start the new Institute for Applied Cancer Science.

Lance Armstrong at a TribLive event on April 21, 2011.
Lance Armstrong at a TribLive event on April 21, 2011.

Audio: Lance Armstrong at TribLive

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, I interviewed Lance Armstrong about the need to protect cancer research funding in austere times and his advocacy on behalf of an indoor workplace smoking ban.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/14/11

Ramsey, Stiles, Aguilar and Murphy makes sense of the Census data (and Stiles and Murphy interactively map the population change by county), Grissom on possible job cuts for prison chaplains, Ramshaw on whether cash-strapped Texas should be in the cancer business, Philpott on if we should dip into the Rainy Day Fund, Hamilton on the digital age dawning at Abilene Christian University, C. Smith on the concealed carry debate at community colleges, Galbraith on the fallout from the rolling blackouts, Ramsey on Texas vs. Amazon.com and M. Smith on Perry vs. Doggett: The best of our best content from Feb. 14 to 18, 2011.