Texas cancer agency probe clears some officials

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013
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Gimson resigned in December after yearlong turmoil within the agency peaked with the disclosure of the Peloton grant. Cobbs resigned in November and Gilman stepped down in May after clashing with Gimson on the direction of the agency, which included Gilman making accusations of politics trumping science when it came to decisions on grant awards.

Months of upheaval have put CPRIT at a standstill. Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders called for a moratorium on new grants until confidence in the agency is restored, and both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have lined up to blast CPRIT in the first weeks of a new legislative session.

Among the more significant moves is CPRIT currently being frozen out of the state budget draft currently on the table for 2014-15. CPRIT oversees the second-biggest trough of cancer research dollars in the country after the federal National Institutes of Health.

Mansour reiterated that "CPRIT will continue to work closely with investigators and the Legislature to bring this to a close," Miller said.

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