publication date: Feb. 19, 2016

Slamming the Door

Part IV: Nobel Laureate in Crosshairs 


In early 2012, Gilman was under the impression that CPRIT was functioning smoothly.

Then, to his surprise, the first of a series of controversies surfaced.

CPRIT’s peer reviewers had evaluated 40 applications for Multi-Investigator Research Applications, the largest CPRIT grants designed to fund team science, recommending that seven of these project receive funding. This was no small undertaking. The applications described multiple projects and core facilities.

Proposals for these projects—abbreviated as MIRAs—take a long time to write and a long time to review. The CPRIT committees worked hard to complete the review, but committee members were enthusiastic. There was a lot of good science on the table. In fact, one of the grants received the best score ever for an application of that type.

The projects were distributed all over the state and most of the proposals were inter-institutional, but five of the seven principal investigators were at UT Southwestern. This was understandable. UT Southwestern is, hands-down, the leader in biomedical research in the state. And, not surprisingly, it received the highest proportion of CPRIT grants.

By way of comparison, MD Anderson’s strength is in clinical research and clinical care. The institution has been building its basic science, and the focus on basic science was likely one important … Continue reading 42-07 Slamming the Door Part IV: Nobel Laureate in Crosshairs

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