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GSBS Faculty Emerita Kripke Named Chief Scientific Officer at CPRIT

December 20, 2012

Tracey Barnet

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced the appointment of Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., to the position of chief scientific officer on December 10. Her duties will be to oversee the Institute’s Research portfolio which has funded the majority of the Institute’s $300 million in annual grant awards, and is the second largest funding source for cancer-related research in the U.S.

Kripke retired from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2007. Her accolades include being the first woman to chair an MD Anderson academic department (Immunology); being the first woman to become senior vice president and, ultimately, executive vice president and chief academic officer at MD Anderson; and being twice appointed to the President's Cancer Panel. She is also an emeritus faculty member of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. 

CPRIT was established in 2007 and is authorized by the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.  

Kripke will join CPRIT on January 7, 2013.