Cancer Conference Set for November

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas  (CPRIT) will hold its second annual Cancer Research and Prevention Conference Nov. 15-17 at the Austin Convention Center.

The conference promises to bring together the best and brightest minds in cancer research, prevention, and commercialization. Industry leaders from across the country will share their insights as well as expectations and opportunities for the future in the fight against cancer. There will also be many opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with CPRIT grantees.   

The conference will feature plenary sessions with preeminent speakers from Texas and across the country who will present pioneering cancer research and prevention program findings. Confirmed plenary speakers include Ronald A. DePinho, MD, president-designate of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, president of the Institute of Medicine; and Tyler Jacks, PhD, director of MIT's Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

Texas voters established CPRIT in 2007 when they approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas. CPRIT's goal is to expedite innovation and commercialization in cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state. CPRIT accepts applications and awards grants for cancer-related research and for the delivery of cancer prevention programs and services by public and private entities in Texas. All CPRIT-funded research is conducted in the 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. 

Action, Sept. 16, 2011