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Texas Southern University has announced a $5.1 million research grant, one of the largest publicly-funded grants received in its 90-year history, the university said.

“As the largest Historically Black College and University in Texas and the second-largest in the nation, this will strengthen our mission to provide advanced research programs to ethnically diverse student populations,” said Dr. Austin A. Lane, President of Texas Southern University.

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas award will be led by faculty in cancer research.

“We are very excited about this award and what it means for TSU,” said Dr. Dong Liang, chair and professor of the department of pharmaceutical and environmental health sciences at TSU and principal investigator of the grant. “This will allow us to accommodate many additional studies and ultimately move more Texas cancer investigators’ discoveries closer to clinical trials.”

The first year of the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute (CPRIT) grant will involve establishing and expanding the research equipment and laboratory space while serving research projects, and the remaining four years will fully engage the research and development services.

“One of the goals at Texas Southern University is to stimulate innovative research through infrastructure support,” added TSU Provost Dr. Kendall Harris, former dean of engineering at Prairie View A&M. “The CPRIT Core Facility grant provides the right opportunity for this.”

User groups will include investigators and Texas start-up companies developing cancer therapies.

To date, CPRIT has awarded 1,317 grants totaling more than $2.15 billion.

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