$1.9 million CPRIT funds support cancer research
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded $1.9 million to Health Science Center researchers. An $890,659 grant designed to expand the known benefits of exercise to more cancer survivors will kick off a research-based program of Stacey Young-McCaughan, R.N., Ph.D., at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center. Rong Li, Ph.D., a professor of molecular medicine at the CTRC, was awarded $741,446 for his work in understanding how the dense tissue in breast tumors contributes to estrogen production and tumor growth. A grant of $297,173 was presented to Deborah Parra-Medina, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Institute for Health Promotion Research, for a peer-education and outreach program encouraging use of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer among Latina mothers and daughters living in Texas-Mexico border communities.