UT Southwestern oncology researchers net $36.7M

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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded more than $36.7 million in new grants to investigators at UT Southwestern Medical Center to support cancer-related projects and to recruit pre-eminent cancer investigators.

Funding for UT Southwestern in Dallas included more than $30 million to support projects involving 20 pre-eminent researchers. Among these were the new imaging technology and techniques for identifying and tracking cancers; repairing damaged DNA strands; developing new drugs and drug-delivery systems; and establishing a Texas Cancer Cell Repository for storing cancer cells and tumors for future study. The awards also included a $6 million to recruit pre-eminent researchers, said UT Southwestern.

Awards to UT Southwestern researchers were part of $116 million allocated for 22 projects at 16 Texas-based academic institutions and private firms.