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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