Projects funded, including two to McGill Faculty of Medicine researchers, enable new directions in prostate cancer research across Canada
Toronto, ON – Aug 13, 2014 – As part of their ongoing strategic commitment to prostate cancer research, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) announced the recipients of the 2014 Movember Discovery Grants, awarded by PCC, funded by Movember. Included among the 26 recipients are Drs. Imed Gallouzi and Jose Teodoro from McGill University. This program allows both junior investigators at the start of their research careers and more established investigators to pursue important new directions in prostate cancer research. Each recipient of the Movember Discovery Grant will receive up to $200,000 in funding over a two-year term.
This year’s 26 grant recipients encompass a varying range of projects that deal with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of prostate cancer. “Early discoveries in prostate cancer research are crucial to eliminating death and suffering caused by prostate cancer, and Prostate Cancer Canada’s mandate is to seek out and support those projects with the most potential to have an impact on this disease,” says Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. “We are dedicated to enacting our strategic plan that will form the basis for future improvements in the entire arena of prostate cancer.”
Projects funded explore a number of topics, including improving the quality of surgery, new methods for administering chemotherapy, and suppressing the spread of the disease. One particularly interesting project focuses on depression and prostate cancer.
“It’s very promising to see so many high-potential projects being funded this year,’ says Dr. Stuart Edmonds, VP of Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada. “Projects like the one looking at prostate cancer and depression are incredibly innovative and important. Findings from this particular study will be able to provide more help to patients’ mental health along with their physical health.”
Funding for this program is made possible by the Movember Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for men’s health, including prostate cancer.
“Thanks to our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas we are able to offer the Movember Discovery Grants that fund projects dedicated to breakthroughs in prostate cancer research,” says Pete Bombaci, Country Director, Movember Canada. “Together with Prostate Cancer Canada we are committed to having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.”
The Movember Discovery Grants provide innovative researchers with the resources to continue their breakthroughs in prostate cancer research. To keep up-to-date on research progress, visit us at prostatecancer.ca or follow us on social media.
August 15, 2014