CPRIT honors San Antonio cancer investigators

WHAT:
A ceremony marking Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ awards totaling almost $13 million in cancer research dollars to San Antonio health and academic institutions

WHEN:
2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20

WHERE:
Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Grossman Building fourth floor, 7979 Wurzbach, San Antonio

WHO:
The Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker, Texas House of Representatives
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, President of the UT Health Science Center
George Hernandez, CEO and President, University Health System
Jimmy Mansour, Chairman, CPRIT Oversight Committee
Bill Gimson, Executive Director, CPRIT
Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., Director, CTRC
Grant recipients and other invited guests

University of Texas at San Antonio
Donald Kurtz, Ph.D., professor of chemistry
$199,906
Protein scaffolds for targeted delivery of toxic iron to cancer cells

University Health System
Roberto Villarreal, M.D., M.P.H., vice president, Community Initiatives & Translational Research
$731,408
Colorectal screening male navigation program

Roberto Villarreal
$289,579
Colorectal cancer screening promotion

Roberto Villarreal
$300,000
A Su Salud Cancer Prevention

Anna McAndrew, Director of Health Care Services
$285,706
University Health System mammography utilization

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – primary investigator and director awards, single institution

Stacey Young-McCaughan, R.N., Ph.D., professor in the School of Medicine’s psychiatry department
$671,559
Maximizing Cancer Survivorship: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Exercise Program

Deborah Parra-Medina, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in Institute for Health Promotion Research
$295,859
Peer Education and Outreach to Prevent Cervical Cancer Among Latina Mothers and Daughters

Cynthia Mojica, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Institute for Health Promotion Research
$299,957
Salud San Antonio! Promoting Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Education Among Latinas

Rong Li, Ph.D., professor of molecular medicine in the Institute of Biotechnology
$499,998
Mechanical Force-Induced Signaling for Local Estrogen Production in Breast Cancer

Rong Li
$741,446
remodeling, local aromatase induction, and breast cancer risk

Ricardo Aguiar, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of hematology and medical oncology in the School of Medicine
$797,800
Rational combinatorial targeting of PDE4 and associated survival pathways in B-cell malignancies

Patricia Dahia, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology in the School of Medicine
$919,898
Role of TMEM127 in the endomembrane system and mTOR signaling

Dmitri Ivanov, Ph.D., CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
$1,999,705
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members

Susan Naylor, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
$2,389,107
Research Training Award

UT Health Science Center primary award – multi-institutional, multi-investigator

Gail Tomlinson, M.D., Ph.D., interim director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI)
$278,495
Administrative and Clinical Data Core (Genetics/Biology of Liver Tumorigenesis in Children)

UT Health Science Center sub-awards – multi-institutional, multi-investigator

Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., director, Cancer Therapy & Research Center
$863,999
“Lab-on-a-Chip” Testing for Cancer Biomarkers

Spencer Redding, D.D.S., M.Ed., professor and chairman of dental diagnostic science in the Dental School
$617,890
“Lab-on-a-Chip” Testing for Cancer Biomarkers

Yidong Chen, Ph.D., Director of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the GCCRI
$776,608
Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core (Genetics/Biology of Liver Tumorigenesis in Children)

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit www.ctrc.net.

University Health System Owned by the taxpayers of Bexar County, University Health System is a nationally recognized academic medical center and network of outpatient health centers. In partnership with The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, it is consistently recognized as a leader in electronic medical records, advanced treatment options and clinical research. University Hospital, its 498-bed acute care hospital, was named Best Regional Hospital U.S. News & World Report in 2011 and is one of just 15 Level I trauma centers in Texas. University Health System’s Community First Health Plans is the region’s only locally-owned, nonprofit HMO and San Antonio AirLIFE, jointly owned by University Health System, is a national leader in emergency air medical transport. Visit UniversityHealthSystem.com for more.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. UTSA serves more than 30,000 students in 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/today.



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