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UT regents OK projects for Houston center, M.D. Anderson

By MATTHEW TRESAUGUE

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

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yes, good news, but the dental branch is going down, and might also be the nail in the coffin for the prudential building (hmb). :(

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HMB (the old Prudential building) has been slated to be torn down for years. The problem is that MD Anderson is growing so fast that every time they move people out of HMB to new buildings, there is backfill waiting in the wings that has nowhere else to go but HMB. The building will fall down before it's torn down at this rate. It's a great old building but it is falling apart. Literally. Some of the marble facing has fallen off. The old swimming pool was filled in years ago because it was too expensive to maintain as it had leaks that just couldn't be fixed.

The only thing worth saving is the mural inside the lobby. Unfortunately, the last I heard, they would not be able to save the plaster wall. I hope that changes.

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Let's be clear about the Prudential building: It can all be repaired including the swimming pool, the track to the west and the falling plaster. The owner just doesn't want to. They know there is neighborhood opposition to the Prudential building's demise. This is an historic building. It was among Houston's first surburban highrises and a Houston landmark. Inside, it is boxy and hard to work with. It is not particularly distinctive when compared with other buildings of its era in other cities and I imagine architectural historians would dispute its importance. But it's ours. It deserves to live. It is ironic that there is a public outcry about another boxy, uncomfortable space, the River Oaks Theater--and, yes, I signed the petition to save it. I'm just wondering why people hate on Weingarten Reality and give M.D. Anderson, Inc. a blank check. It's true that if a city is to grow, everything cannot be saved and Houston, like New York, has given the bulldozer a free hand. Granted, the Prudential is no Pennsylvania Station but shouldn't we save something? Does M.D. Anderson not have a rehab department?

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UTHealth, M.D. Anderson expand research with $37M grant renewal, new partners

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/08/08/uthealth-m-d-anderson-expand-research-with-37m.html

 

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston announced Aug. 7 that the National Institutes of Health has renewed more than $37 million in funding for clinical and translational research.

 

The renewed five-year grant will benefit the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at UTHealth, which was established in 2006 with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

 

Along with the additional funds, the center is adding three more partners: the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and Rice University. The new partners will expand the center's reach beyond Houston — up though East Texas and down through the Rio Grande Valley, according to UTHealth's Aug. 7 press release.

 

"The center will emphasize clinical studies designed to improve medical outcomes for all populations, including children, older adults, Hispanics, African Americans, and LGBTQ people who have been historically underrepresented in research," the release states. "One of the many areas of research will focus on non-medical opioid use."

 

Along with the center at UTHealth, the work also will be done through established clinical research units at Houston's Memorial Hermann Health System, Harris Health’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, UTHealth Science Center at Tyler and UTHealth School of Public Health in Brownsville, per the release.

 

 

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CPRIT awards $11 million to UTHealth for cancer research, prevention

https://www.tmc.edu/news/2019/09/cprit-awards-11-million-to-uthealth-for-cancer-research-prevention/

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Five innovative cancer-fighting projects at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) received just over $11 million during the latest round of grants awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

 

Four of the grants were awarded to scientists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth for research and a fifth to an investigator at UTHealth School of Public Health for prevention.

To date, UTHealth has received 63 CPRIT grants for a combined $94.5 million with $79.5 million going for academic research and $15 million for prevention.

 

“It is no exaggeration to say that basic, curiosity-driven research underpins all major advances in cancer treatment,” said John F. Hancock, MB, BChir, PhD, vice dean of basic research and John S. Dunn Distinguished University Chair in Physiology and Medicine at McGovern Medical School.

 

“We have to understand the basic biology of cancer cells in order to be able to figure out novel ways of stopping them from growing or forming tumors. This is recognized by CPRIT, which allocates a substantial fraction of its very generous funding to Texas scientists at the forefront of fundamental cancer research,” he said.

 

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that 124,890 people in Texas will be diagnosed with cancer and 41,300 will die.

 

 

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