Windsor cancer researcher awarded $750,000



    WINDSOR, ON, May 6 /CNW/ - A local researcher in Windsor will be awarded
more than $750,000 in research funding, the Canadian Cancer Society announced
today. The research grant is funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research
Alliance, of which the Society is a founding member and invests $2.5 million
in annually.
    Dr. Lisa Porter and her team are engaged in promising research that could
lead to improved treatments for breast cancer.
    "We are thrilled to see such a substantial grant awarded enabling Dr.
Lisa Porter and her team to continue the significant work they are undertaking
here in Windsor - this local research is making an impact in the fight against
breast cancer," says Judy Lund, manager of the Society's Windsor community
office. "In addition, as a Canadian Cancer Society door-to-door canvasser and
Relay For Life fundraiser, Dr. Porter truly understands the connection between
the donor, the volunteer and cancer research funding and the importance of a
community effort in the fight against cancer."
    Dr. Porter's project will lead to a better understanding of the causes of
breast cancer and identify important factors contributing to its progression.
The results obtained from this work could also provide opportunities for new
drug design and new prognostic markers for breast cancer treatment.
    "We are delighted to receive this grant," says Dr. Porter, "Our research
so far has revealed important information about how normal breast cells are
altered in some breast cancers, this support will allow us to determine
whether this is novel way to treat and/or diagnose breast cancer more
effectively."
    The grant was selected after a rigorous national application and review
process and is one of only 14 CBCRA grants awarded.
    In addition today the Society is announcing 71 new Canadian Cancer
Society Research Grants awarded to researchers across the country.
    For a complete list of the new Canadian Cancer Society-funded research,
visit www.cancer.ca.
    For a complete list of the new Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance-
funded research, visit www.breast.cancer.ca.

    About the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance

    The Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance was established in 1993 and
is the primary granting agency for breast cancer research in Canada. It is a
unique collaboration of organizations from the public, private and non-profit
sectors combining resources to more effectively support and promote breast
cancer research of the highest quality in Canada.
    CBCRA members are the Avon Flame Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, the Canadian Cancer Society,
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada and the Public
Health Agency of Canada.

    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; For more information on CBCRA, contact: Janet
Patterson, Communications Manager, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance:
(416) 596-6598 x302, jpatterson@cbcra.ca

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