Canadian Liver Foundation announces new research funding for 2012
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - In a lab somewhere in Canada, the next
breakthrough in the fight against liver disease is waiting to be found.
The Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) will bring this breakthrough a step
closer by investing $1 million dollars in liver research in 2012. With
these funds, 17 researchers - both senior specialists and new
investigators - will pursue studies in liver cancer, pediatric liver
disease, tyrosinemia and other forms of liver disease.
"In the past 20 years, we have made incredible progress in unlocking the
complexities of the liver and the mechanisms of liver disease," says
Dr. Eric Yoshida, Chairman of the Canadian Liver Foundation's Medical
Advisory Committee. "With hepatitis C for example, we have gone from
identifying the virus to being able to cure a large percentage of
patients. With enough resources, we can do this with other liver
Fatty liver disease linked to obesity is the now the most common form of
liver disease in Canada followed by hepatitis B, hepatitis C,
autoimmune and alcohol-related liver diseases. An estimated three
million Canadians are living with some form of liver disease but may
not even be aware of it as symptoms can often be vague or even
non-existent until it reaches an advanced stage.
The Canadian Liver Foundation is the largest non-profit funder of liver
research in Canada and has invested more than $20 million in research
since it was first founded. The Foundation offers funding in three
grant categories: Operating grants for senior and new researchers,
Graduate studentships for Ph.D. and Masters level researchers and
Summer Studentships for undergraduate students. Throughout its history,
the CLF has funded 483 researchers at various points in their careers.
"Liver research is chronically underfunded because liver disease is not
seen as a priority for governments or individuals," says Dr. Yoshida.
"We are grateful to the Foundation's supporters - many of whom have
been personally affected by liver disease - who give what they can to
keep important research moving forward. The answers we find today will
help save lives tomorrow."
The CLF's grant competition is now open with an application deadline of
April 2, 2012. To learn more about the CLF's research programs, visit www.liver.ca
SOURCE Canadian Liver Foundation
For further information:
Melanie Kearns, Canadian Liver Foundation 416-491-3353 ext. 4923 firstname.lastname@example.org