TMA to Host Panelists to Highlight CPRIT’s Cancer-Fighting Achievements

October 15, 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series Event to Detail Cancer Research, Prevention Efforts

  • WHAT: As Texans head to voting booths in early November to choose whether to extend Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funding, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) will explore the state’s cancer research and prevention advancements, at its third Distinguished Speaker Series event.  

    TMA and TPHC invited four Texas health experts working in the fields of cancer treatment, prevention, screening, and/or research.  

    These panelists work in the fields of gynecologic oncology and reproductive medicine; internal medicine and infectious diseases; psychology, tobacco cessation, and reduction of secondhand smoke exposure; and colorectal cancer screening and other cancer-prevention initiatives. They will discuss the state of cancer prevention and screening in Texas before and after CPRIT’s creation in 2007. Panelists will also comment on progress in cancer research and care, whether health disparities among cancer patients have changed, and whether we can ultimately eliminate cancer in Texas.

    TMA and TPHC urge passage of Proposition 6 (a constitutional amendment expanding CPRIT funding), and event host John Carlo, MD, TPHC chair and a member of TMA’s Council on Legislation, will address the importance of the amendment.

    TMA’s Distinguished Speaker Series aims to inform Texas legislators and their staff members about urgent health issues in Texas. 
  • WHEN: Monday, Oct. 21, Noon-1:30 pm

  • WHERE: TMA building, 401 W. 15th St., Thompson Auditorium, first floor 

    Noon – Welcome/Introduction

    John Carlo, MD, Chair, Texas Public Health Coalition; member, TMA Council on Legislation; CEO, Prism Health North Texas 

    Wayne Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

12:15 pm – Panel Discussion: Cancer Care, Prevention, and Developments 

Kathleen Schmeler, MD The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mamta K. Jain, MD UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lorraine R. Reitzel, PhD – University of Houston

Carlton Allen, MS – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

1:10 pm – Audience Questions

1:25 pm – Closing Remarks by Dr. Carlo 

TMA’s Distinguished Speaker series is supported by the TMA Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm. The TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. To learn more, visit the TMA Foundation website.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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October 15, 2019

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