Four A&M faculty members receive grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded grants to four faculty members at Texas A&M University totaling almost $2.5 million. The grants are among 73 new awards totaling more than $92 million that CPRIT announced on Nov. 19.

Texas A&M Vice President for Research Glen A. Laine said, “By securing grants from CPRIT, these four researchers have earned tangible recognition that they are advancing our state’s commitment to cancer research. Thanks to faculty-researchers like them, Texas A&M continues to make significant contributions toward improving the treatment and prevention of cancer.”

Jane N. Bolin, a professor in the School of Public Health and director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center, was awarded a prevention grant of $300,000 to fund a project titled, “Training CHWs for More Effective Cancer Education and Navigation.”

Robert S. Chapkin, a Senior Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor, and University Faculty Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received a research grant of $890,840 to support a project titled, “Arylhydrocarbon Receptor Mediated Modulation of Colorectal Cancer by Microbiota Metabolites.”

Lei-Shih Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development, was awarded a prevention grant of $399,993 to fund a project titled, “Family Health History-Based Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Navigation to Clinical Services Among Uninsured Chinese Americans in Texas.”

Sally Ward, a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine as well as the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology in the College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, received a research grant of $887,134 to support a project titled, “Improving Contrast for Antibody-Based Tumor Detection Using PET.”

CPRIT provides funding through its academic research, prevention, and product development research programs. In 2007, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment to establish CPRIT with $3 billion in bonds. Since 2009, CPRIT has presented 992 grants totaling roughly $1.47 billion to support cancer research, product development and prevention programs, and has attracted more than 100 distinguished cancer researchers to Texas. Programs made possible with CPRIT funding have reached all 254 counties of the state, brought more than 100 distinguished researchers to Texas, advanced scientific and clinical knowledge, and provided more than 2.6 million life-saving education, training, prevention and early detection services to Texans.

To learn more about CPRIT and how it helps to advance cancer research at Texas A&M, watch this video:

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