The Cancer Research Society: proud to be a key partner at the first Canadian Cancer Research Conference

MONTREAL, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Cancer Research Society (CRS) is pleased to participate in the first Canadian Cancer Research Conference being held in Toronto on November 27, 2011. The conference will be attended by several leading cancer experts from all parts of the country.

This Canadian Cancer Research Conference will be the first to bring together all the organizations involved in this sphere of activity. It will help the scientific community to better understand the current research initiatives undertaken by world-renowned Canadian scientists.  It will also serve as a forum to discuss various treatments of different types of cancer; it will focus on how these treatments improve the quality of life for patients and how they may prevent the disease.

The sole mission of the Cancer Research Society is to exclusively fund innovative cancer research projects across the country. Through its research investments, the Cancer Research Society is increasing the chances of survival for today's cancer patients and future generations affected by cancer.

For many years, the Cancer Research Society has been recognized for the thoroughness of its peer review process. This annual scientific undertaking brings together 50 of the best Canadian specialists (researchers and physicians alike), to review the grant applications submitted by scientists from universities and research centers across the country. As the quantity and quality of the grant applications increase year after year, it becomes more challenging for the review committees of the Cancer Research Society to select the projects that will be funded. However, this bodes well for the progression of quality research in Canada in the years to come.

"There is an incredible wealth of research being conducted in Canada today. The Cancer Research Society is delighted to be a part and to play an active role in this groundbreaking scientific rendezvous. We are confident that by working in partnership with each other, we will eventually succeed in the battle against cancer," stated Mario Chevrette, PhD, President of the CRS Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.

The Canadian Cancer Research Conference is a prime example of the collaborative work that characterizes the Canadian cancer research community.

Cancer: Facts and Figures
According to recent data from Statistics Canada, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Canada since 2005. In 2011, approximately 177,800 new cases and 75,000 deaths will be associated with cancer in the country. This disease represents over 200 different types of disorders. Based on current incidence rates, nearly one in two Canadians will develop cancer in his/her lifetime.

About the Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC)
The Canadian Cancer Research Conference is a collaborative effort on the part of the members of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA), a group of 31 cancer research funding organizations and other affiliated partners. The CCRA is currently overseeing the implementation of the pan-Canadian cancer research strategy, a key element of which is the Canadian Cancer Research Conference. The conference is aimed at all those involved in cancer research, from the lab to clinic to policy, and incorporates special sessions for trainees and young investigators.

About the Cancer Research Society
Founded in 1945, the Cancer Research Society is a national not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to fund cancer research exclusively and to offer seed money to the most promising original ideas, projects and researchers across Canada. During the past 20 years, the Cancer Research Society has granted over 100 million dollars to some 900 cancer research projects across the country, including more than 35 million dollars allocated over the past five years.

To learn more, visit www.CancerResearchSociety.ca.


SOURCE Cancer Research Society

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