Ottawa scientist awarded Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grant
OTTAWA, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A pioneering Ottawa scientist has been
awarded funding to study for the first time a particular gene that may
be involved in childhood cancer and could shed light on how cancer
Dr Valerie Wallace, Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research
Institute, has received a $200,000 Innovation Grant from the Canadian
Cancer Society to study the development of medulloblastoma, the most
common form of childhood brain cancer.
Dr Wallace will investigate how a gene that is necessary for the normal
development of blood vessels in the brain also contributes to the
development of brain tumours. Dr Wallace and her team have created a
unique model that they will use to study— for the first time ever — the
role of this gene in cancer growth. Her research will also examine how
blood vessels surrounding cancer cells contribute to cancer growth.
"We're grateful for the Canadian Cancer Society's funding because it
enables us to be creative with our research on how this cancer develops
at its very earliest stages," says Dr Wallace. "Solving this important
problem in cancer research could also lead to new therapies that have
the potential to benefit all Canadians."
The Society has long supported Dr Wallace's work. Including the new
grant, she has been awarded a total of $2.1 million from the Society
"We are proud to support innovation in research such as this that
strives to answer fundamental questions about cancer growth," says Luba
Slatkovska, Senior Manager, Research, Ontario Division. "We couldn't
make this impact without the support of our donors and supporters."
The Society's Innovation Grants were developed to support innovative and
creative problem-solving in cancer research. The goal is to support
unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address
problems in cancer research.
A total of 37 grants representing a $7.2 million investment across the
country were announced today, with 20 in Ontario alone. The Canadian
Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer
research in Canada. For more information about the Society's research
funding, visit www.cancer.ca
For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the
fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent
cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From
this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever
so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.
When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at
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SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
For further information:
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division