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Monday, April 27, 2009

NOBEL LAUREATE IS CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER AT NEW TEXAS CANCER INSTITUTE

Nobel Prize winner Alfred Gilman, MD, PhD, dean of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, has accepted the position of chief scientific officer for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Dr. Gilman shared the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for “the discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells.” The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was created with voter approval in 2007 of a $3 billion constitutional amendment. Over the next 10 years, cancer research institutions can apply for a portion of $300 million annually in grants and loans. Up to 10 percent of funding, or $30 million a year, will pay for cancer prevention and control programs. TMA and the Texas Public Health Coalition, along with advocacy groups and lawmakers, championed passage of the amendment.

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