University of Texas at El Paso Secures $6.1m to Further Advance El Paso as Hispanic-Focused Oncology Clinical Trials Hub

Although cancer is rampant in the Hispanic community, few participate in clinical trials for advanced, cutting-edge cancer therapies. With a revolution in precision medicine, the stakes become even bigger to ensure diverse representation in clinical trials. To address these gaps in the heavily Hispanic El Paso, Texas region, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) just injected $6.1 million into the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to fund research into Hispanic cancer disparities.

$5.8 million of the CPRIT funds go to Marc B. Cox, principal investigator, and professor of biological sciences, and department chair of pharmaceutical sciences, to advance UTEP research into cancer health disparities. An amount of $250,000 goes to Xiujun James Li, associate professor of chemistry, to develop early cancer diagnostic methods for ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women. El Paso research centers gain momentum to establish this border region as a substantial hub for clinical research involving the Hispanic/Latino community.

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