Cancer Care Ontario's Research Chairs Program aims to attract leading cancer scientists to Ontario



    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Cancer patients in Ontario live longer and enjoy
a better quality of life than ever before because of advancements stemming
from research. Cancer Care Ontario is today announcing the 2008 recipients of
the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chairs, a program that will further
strengthen Ontario's cancer research capacity.
    "At one point or another every Ontarian will be touched by cancer," says
Terrence Sullivan, PhD, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "The Cancer
Care Ontario Research Chairs will generate a critical mass of scientists
focused on quickly translating research findings into improvements in cancer
services and clinical care for cancer patients."
    Ontario has a strong research environment that produces findings
recognized at the highest levels of research in Canada and on the global
stage. The Cancer Care Ontario Research Chairs program, funded by the Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care, is designed to attract leading new scientists to
Ontario and support outstanding scientists already working in the province.
    "Research is the ultimate lifeline of progress in health care," said
George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"This program will enable scientists from across Ontario to make discoveries
that will improve the lives of cancer patients. By improving cancer services
we are helping to improve access to quality health care for all."
    Focusing on four important areas - population studies, experimental
therapeutics, cancer imaging and patterns of care - Cancer Care Ontario has
established a scientist network program that links researchers across Ontario
and supports their efforts to translate research findings into clinical
practice, including clinical trials. The Cancer Care Ontario Research Chairs
Program, launched this past February, will build Ontario's research capacity
in these four areas.

    The seven Cancer Care Ontario Research Chairs announced today are:

    Cancer Imaging

    Dr. Kristy Brock, Princess Margaret Hospital
    Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute - Recruitment License(*)

    Patterns of Care

    Dr. Christopher Booth, Queen's University
    Dr. David Hodgson, Princess Margaret Hospital
    McMaster University - Recruitment License(*)

    Population Studies

    Dr. Rayjean Hung, Mount Sinai Hospital
    Dr. Scott Leatherdale, Cancer Care Ontario

    (*) A recruitment license is an award that serves as a license to recruit a
particular type of scientist into the Research Chair position

    Applications were evaluated by the panel on the basis of scientific
excellence and strategic alignment with the four research themes of Cancer
Care Ontario's scientist network program. The awards are for five years and
are renewable for another three years.

    Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually
improving cancer services. As the government's cancer advisor, Cancer Care
Ontario works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer, and make
sure patients receive better care every step of the way.

    La version française disponible à www.cancercare.on.ca





For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Obeid, Sr. Manager of Media Relations,
Cancer Care Ontario, t: (416) 971-9800 ext. 3383, c: (416) 917-8951, 
email:jennifer.obeid@cancercare.on.ca, www.cancercare.on.ca


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