The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) honored researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) for their work in cancer prevention efforts in the Brazos and Rio Grande valleys with an Oct. 14 research grant award. The TAMHSC School of Rural Public Health and College of Medicine received $3,235,597 in July’s grant awards by CPRIT.
Texas A&M Physicians Dr. David McClellan in the TAMHSC-College of Medicine and Dr. Jane Bolin in the TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health were awarded $2,748,008 as co-principal investigators for a project that will screen and educate low-income patients at risk for colon cancer while training family medicine residents in colorectal cancer screening procedures. It is the largest-ever CPRIT prevention grant bestowed to a single entity.
Julie St. John in the TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health in McAllen and Dr. Christopher Beaudoin at Texas A&M University received $487,589 as co-principal investigators for a program to train and utilize promotores (community health workers) to deliver tailored education that improves access to comprehensive cancer services and the survivorship of colorectal, breast and cervical cancers for Hispanics of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties).
Pictured from left are Kristen Doyle, CPRIT general counsel; Dr. Becky Garcia, CPRIT chief prevention officer; John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System; Dr. Bolin; James M. Mansour, chairman of the CPRIT Foundation and Oversight Committee; Dr. Richard A. Box, chairman of the A&M Board of Regents; Bill Gimson, CPRIT executive director; Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, TAMHSC president and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System; Dr. McClellan; Dr. David S. Carlson, TAMHSC vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies; Dr. Beaudoin; and Dr. Monica Wendel in the TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health (accepting on behalf of St. John).
More information on these grants is online at http://news.tamhsc.edu/2011/08/02/cprit-awards-cancer-grants-to-tamhsc/