Investing in the Future of Prostate Cancer Research

Movember Team Grants program focuses on collaboration and innovation

TORONTO, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) is proud to debut its new Movember Team Grants program, awarding up to $6 million in funding to collaborative and innovative research teams in the field of prostate cancer. The Movember Team Grants will facilitate collaboration not only between researchers but also institutions providing an increasingly united approach to prostate cancer research. This initiative marks the first in a series of programs to be announced as part of PCC's newly released Research Strategic Plan. For more information please visit
http://www.prostatecancer.ca/Research/Overview/Prostate-Cancer-Canada-Research-Strategic-Plan-Sum

Reviewed by an international committee of prostate cancer experts, Team Grants will be awarded to proposals that apply a multidisciplinary approach to answer a specific question in prostate cancer. Proposed research can come from any stream of prostate cancer research, including prostate cancer biology, treatment, diagnosis, survivorship and prevention. The program brings together Canadian experts to pool their expertise and focus on a specific topic, while also providing a training environment for investigators just starting their research careers, such as fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and others from a multidisciplinary environment.

"We recognize the great strides made in prostate cancer research were not the work of one individual but of a community of dedicated researchers," says Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Senior Vice President of Research at PCC. "A key characteristic of the Team Grants program is that groups must be made up of at least three investigators from different institutions. This supports our theory that experts coming together from different disciplines and locations may see a problem from different perspectives and achieve results unattainable by working independently."

"It's the collaboration of hundreds of thousands of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raising funds that makes grants like these possible. Seeing those funds used to further the field through similar collaboration is truly inspiring," says Pete Bombaci, National Director. "Mo Bros, Mo Sistas and donors alike should be very proud of their efforts and the innovation these grants will facilitate through collaboration."

Successful applicants will be announced in July of next year, with funding provided to a maximum of five years. PCC would like to recognize the Movember Foundation as an important funder of this program, providing the opportunity to support effective and efficient Canadian collaboration in the field of prostate cancer research.

For more information on the Team Grants program or prostate cancer, please visit prostatecancer.ca.

About Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada raises funds for the development of programs related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.  For more information visit prostatecancer.ca or check our Twitter account at @ProstateCancerC or Facebook at Prostate Cancer Canada.

About Movember
Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds that will reduce the number of preventable male deaths by cancer. Since its inception as a charity event in 2004, over 2 million participants have raised almost $300 M for its causes, with official Movember campaigns taking place in ten countries. For more information please visit movember.com or @MovemberCA.  

SOURCE: Prostate Cancer Canada

For further information:

Rebecca von Goetz
Prostate Cancer Canada
416-441-2131 ext. 258
misha.lobo@prostatecancer.ca

Caroline De Silva
Argyle Communications
416-968-7311 ext. 231
cdesilva@argylecommunications.com

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