Cancer patients across Canada will benefit from a multi-million dollar investment by The Terry Fox Foundation that will support new and breakthrough research undertaken by leading scientists and clinicians at health and research centres and institutions in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

“Today The Terry Fox Foundation is providing a total of $12.7 million for three significant research programs led by the nation’s top cancer scientists. We are confident their work will open doors to new discoveries that advance our understanding of this disease and enable new and innovative ways to diagnose and treat cancer in its many forms,” says Dr. Victor Ling, President and Scientific Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI). “We appreciate the work of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in overseeing the peer review for this very prestigious competition. These grants provide substantial funding to enable scientists to explore fundamental and complex areas of cancer research which are critical to our understanding and management of cancer.”

“I applaud The Terry Fox Foundation for its commitment to supporting research that aims to make breakthroughs in the fight against cancer,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister of Health. “The Government of Canada is pleased to have been able to help in the process of selecting these outstanding research teams for funding. Their work, and the funds invested by The Terry Fox Foundation, will contribute to improved health for all Canadians.”

In Montreal, Quebec, at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Dr. Michel Tremblay, professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Oncology and Centre director, will lead a team of investigators over the next three years to study molecular linkages between other diseases and cancer. “The scientific and medical communities have long known that the intricate molecular control in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are linked to cancer. Yet this remains uncharted territory and much work needs to be done to understand these links. The New Frontiers oncometabolism team grant is an outstanding opportunity to work at understanding this interrelation and to develop novel strategies to tackle cancer management,” says Dr. Tremblay. His team will receive a total of $3.8M over three years.

To read the full press release, visit the  Terry Fox Research Institute’s website.