New director of UTHSCT’s Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center awarded $1.1 million grant from UT System

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The new director of the Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center has received a $1.1 million grant from The University of Texas System.
Edward Sauter, MD, Ph.D., received a $1.1 million STARS grant to support his research into the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The acronym STAR stands for Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention.

“This is an outstanding recruitment for UT Health Science Center at Tyler and will transform its research. Congratulations to the leadership for recruiting this star. We welcome Dr. Sauter to Texas,” said Patricia Hurn, vice chancellor for health affairs at UT System.

Dr. Sauter was one of two recipients in 2012 of the Translational STARS grants, the first year of its existence. These grants are designed to recruit nationally known leaders in clinical science, the process of transforming promising lab results into effective medical treatments.

Dr. Sauter, who recently joined UTHSCT after serving as associate dean for research at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said he was honored to receive the grant.

“I’m excited to be here at the Health Science Center. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the other physicians, scientists, and health care providers to grow clinical research at UTHSCT,” he said.

“The STARS award is critical to our goal of increasing access to cancer prevention opportunities for women in East Texas,” he added.

STARS funds are being used to renovate lab space for Dr. Sauter and to buy vital equipment necessary for his research.

“We’re well along the way to getting our laboratory functional so that we can get back to work on clinical trials focused on the prevention and early detection of breast cancer,” Dr. Sauter said.

Including the STARS grant, Dr. Sauter currently oversees seven grants worth a total of $3.1 million.

During more than 20 years spent researching breast cancer, he has received 21 grants from the National Institutes of Health – the main federal funder of biomedical research. In addition, the Department of Defense, the Komen and Avon foundations and other national research organizations have supported him.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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