Friday, January 27, 2012
El Paso Cancer Researchers Receive $4.2 Million
Two projects at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine will benefit from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas funding.
Written by Lisa Ruley
The institution received the funding thanks to scientists Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., and Zeina Nahleh, M.D.
The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently presented a $4.2 million check to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine to fund cancer projects in El Paso.
“Competition is fierce for CPRIT funding. Our faculty members have demonstrated their research programs can compete effectively at the state and national level,” said President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. “We congratulate them on being recognized for their dedication to combating this disease.”
Over the next three years, $2.7 million will fund the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine project Against Colorectal Cancer in our Neighborhoods (ACCION), which will help reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in the El Paso community. Another $1.5 million will help establish a Cancer Clinical Core Facility through the State of the Art Cancer Care at Home project.
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Founding Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., said the institution is proud to receive this award thanks to two star scientists, Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., and Zeina Nahleh, M.D., who have dedicated themselves to cancer research and prevention.
“These projects are so important to providing the most vulnerable members of our society with life-saving treatments and early detection,” de la Rosa said.
Chancellor Kent Hance added, “We are extremely grateful to CPRIT for these grants that will allow our researchers to continue their fight against cancer. To more than double our amount of state cancer research funding in a year is remarkable.”
Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing CPRIT and authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research, prevention programs and services in Texas.
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CPRIT strives to expedite innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state.
All CPRIT-funded research will be conducted in state by Texas-based scientists and reflect CPRIT’s mission to attract and expand the state’s research capabilities and create high quality new jobs in Texas.
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
In 2009, TTUHSC opened the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. The school is the first, full-fledged medical school on the U.S./Mexico border, which provides education and opportunities for research and health care for El Paso’s underserved residents.
The school’s geographic location allows students to participate in a variety of clinical patient care learning experiences that include not only traditional medicine, but also international, bi-national, bi-cultural and border health medicine.