Friday, December 21, 2012

Re: CPRIT Funding for independent research

Alternate ID Sen. Jane Nelson <>
2:14 PM (16 hours ago)

to me
Dear Mutombo:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the ongoing challenges at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).  I appreciate this opportunity to correspond.
As the Senate sponsor of Proposition 15, which established CPRIT and authorized $3 billion over the next 10 years to fund cancer-fighting research and prevention efforts, I am deeply disappointed by lapses in the process designed to ensure transparency and fairness.  Investigations are ongoing into these disturbing revelations.  Individuals will be held accountable, and personnel changes are being made.  I am also developing legislation to strengthen governance of this important agency.
CPRIT's mission is too important to be de-railed by the mistakes of a few.  More importantly, CPRIT cannot succeed in its effort to fight cancer without the public's trust, and right now that trust is in serious jeopardy.  Please know that I will keep your thoughtful insights in mind as discussions continue about the future of CPRIT.
Very truly yours,
Senator Jane Nelson

Our cry has been heard!
We thank senator Nelson for this letter,
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