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Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Awards $1.7 million to UTHealth

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., dean of the UT School of Public Health

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., dean of the UT School of Public Health

HOUSTON – (Feb. 26, 2014) – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received a $1.7 million grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to continue an innovative training program for cancer prevention researchers.

The continuation grant funds The University of Texas School of Public Health’s Fellowship in Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR), a training program for predoctoral and postdoctoral students in cancer prevention, focused on innovative thinking. The grant was one of 11 research program grants awarded by CPRIT on Feb. 19.

“Dr. Mullen and I are delighted to be able to continue to train pre- and post- doctoral students who come from across the Schools of Health Sciences in this very unique way,” said Roberta B. Ness, M.D., dean of the UT School of Public Heath, a part of UTHealth, and principal investigator of the program.

Patricia Dolan Mullen, Dr.PH., professor in the division of health promotion and behavioral sciences at the UT School of Public Health, is the program’s director. “The level of success our trainees have achieved in their work and in their career trajectories surpasses anything we have ever seen.”

Open to students at the UT School of Public Health, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and the UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the ICPR fellowship program uses a variety of tools developed by cognitive scientists, linguists and educators to challenge current research and practice models and teach innovation in research.

Since its inception in 2010, the fellowship program has trained three doctoral students and eight postdoctoral students to tackle cancer using innovative methods. Currently, six doctoral and three postdoctoral students are in training. The program also provides research experience for 25 undergraduate students each summer. Including the new funding, CPRIT has awarded a total of $4.4 million to the fellowship program.

“Thanks to the renewed funding, we have new slots to fill in the fellowship program, and are searching for outstanding applicants from all over the world,” Mullen said. “The Fellowship for Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research is unique because we are able to accept fellows with international visas.”

The application deadline for predoctoral fellows for admission into the program is Feb. 28. The deadline for postdoctoral students is March 7. For more information, visit, or email

- Written by Anissa Orr, UT School of Public Health Communications

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