Hamilton researchers awarded more than $600,000 by the Canadian Cancer Society



    HAMILTON, ON, May 6 /CNW/ - Three researchers in Hamilton will be awarded
more than $600,000 in research funding, the Canadian Cancer Society announced
today.
    These outstanding local researchers will receive funding for four
promising new research projects, including three important quality-of-life
studies involving childhood cancer, and a study of cancer-killing viruses.
    "These high-quality and innovative new projects represent tremendous hope
for making cancer history," says Catherine Lundy, manager of the Society's
Hamilton community office. "In the last six years, the Canadian Cancer Society
has invested more than $4 million in cancer research taking place in this
community and we are grateful for the generosity of our donors and volunteers
who make this research possible."
    Hamilton researchers receiving new funding from the Canadian Cancer
Society includes:

    
      -  Dr Brian Lichty
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         Dr Lichty will receive $403,000 over three years to investigate what
         happens in the immune system after a virus is introduced that kills
         cancer cells. He is exploring the possibility that the virus may
         activate the immune system to join the fight - similar to how a
         vaccine works - and potentially prevent a recurrence of the cancer.
    

    With dramatic improvement in the survival rates of children with cancer,
researchers are increasingly turning their attention towards improving the
quality of life of children with cancer both during and after treatment. The
Society is announcing new research in this area.

    
      -  Dr Ronald Barr
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         Dr Ronald Barr will receive $47,423 to look at data from children
         treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia to see how their survival
         and quality of life were affected and whether any differences could
         be accorded to the children's age at treatment or which one of four
         different treatments each child received.

      -  Dr Anne Klassen
         ---------------
         Dr Klassen will receive $162,000 to support two research studies. In
         the first grant, Dr Klassen will be researching the family impact of
         caring for a child with cancer, in particular the experience on the
         growing number of single parent families. This research will provide
         much needed information on how to support single parents as they
         care for their children at home. Through her second grant Dr.
         Klassen will begin to lay the groundwork for eventual studies on the
         quality of life, by developing a model of quality of life indicators
         for children living with cancer.
    

    The grants to Hamilton researchers were selected after a rigorous
national application and review process and are among 71 new grants across the
country announced by the Canadian Cancer Society today.
    For a complete list of the new Canadian Cancer Society-funded research
grants across the country, visit www.cancer.ca.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. Last year, the Society
funded $49.5 million in leading-edge research projects across the country.
When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at www.cancer.ca or
call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Koserski, Public Affairs, Ontario
Provincial Office, Canadian Cancer Society: (416) 323-7030,
ckoserski@ontario.cancer.ca


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