publication date: Feb. 5, 2016

 

Slamming the Door

Part II: Cancer’s Butt

 

This series re-examines the concurrent controversies at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center. This examination is possible in part because of new insight provided by Alfred Gilman, a Nobel laureate who served as the first scientific director of the state institution that distributes $300 million a year. Gilman died on Dec. 23, 2015.

Part I of the series appeared last week.

 

CPRIT’s review process appeared to have become a major annoyance to those who wanted to redraft the criteria for dispensing the princely sum of $300 million a year. Texas geography and Texas politics did matter—a lot.

The cross-state competition between MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center proved to be especially important.

MD Anderson has long been a clinical powerhouse, the kind of place you go with a complicated cancer. If it ramped up its basic science, the cancer center would be better positioned to understand the origins of cancer and make more fundamental contributions to treatment of cancers, including discovering useful drug candidates and moving them from the bench to the clinic.

The place is rich with doctors you would want to treat your mother, but none of its faculty members had won … Continue reading 42-05 Slamming the Door Part II: Cancer’s Butt

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