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Perry making Houston stop for new cancer center

November 28, 2011
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HOUSTON—Gov. Rick Perry is diverting from the GOP presidential trail for a home state appearance as the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announces a new facility in Houston. Perry on Monday was joining officials from the medical school, which is part of Houston's famed Texas Medical Center, to unveil the new Institute for Applied Cancer Science.

It's to be directed by Dr. Giulio Draetta, who's been chief research business development officer and deputy director at the Harvard University-based Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science. The Belfer Institute's director, Dr. Ronald DePinho, in September took over as president at MD Anderson.

DePinho's wife, Dr. Linda Chin, who was scientific director at Belfer before joining the MD Anderson faculty, will assume a similar post at the new Houston center.

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