10 million dollars for cancer research in Canada

The Cancer Research Society announces its 2011 grants at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Cancer Research Society (CRS) recently announced its 2011 grants during an event held at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM). Three researchers from the Institut - Drs. Jacques Archambault, Javier M. Di Noia and Tarik Möröy - received grants totalling $360,000.

"This year, thanks to the generous donors who support its mission, the Board of the Cancer Research Society approved over 10 million dollars in grants to Canadian scientists," said Andy Chabot, CRS Executive Director. "The 47 chosen research projects are the most likely to contribute to the advancement of cancer research."

These projects will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms responsible for the manifestation of cancer, as well as the means to control different types of cancer, improve treatments and the quality of life of cancer patients', and prevent the disease.

"My colleagues and I are proud to receive this support from the CRS," mentioned Dr Tarik Möröy, IRCM President and Scientific Director, and Director of the Hematopoiesis and Cancer research unit. "Basic cancer research is crucial to understand the causes and development of the disease. These grants will therefore allow us to pursue our innovative projects in cancer and continue to make progress in the field."

"I would like to call attention to the excellence of the IRCM's researchers, who obtained nearly 5% of the national grants the SRC has allocated since 2006, which represents $1,315,400," added Mario Chevrette, PhD, President of the CRS Board of Directors. "Since 2007, four of the nine grants given to the Institut ranked among the year's 10 best projects, and one even ranked first in 2009."

Cancer at a glance
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, according to recent data from Statistics Canada. In fact, this disease represents over 200 different types of disorders. In 2011, approximately 177,800 new cases and 75,000 deaths will be associated with cancer in the country. In Quebec, the numbers represent 46,400 new diagnostics and 20,100 deaths. Based on current incidence rates, one in three Canadians will develop cancer in his/her lifetime.

About the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
Founded in 1967, the IRCM (www.ircm.qc.ca) is currently comprised of 35 research units in various fields, namely immunity and viral infections, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, neurobiology and development, systems biology and medicinal chemistry. It also houses three specialized research clinics, seven core facilities and three research platforms with state-of-the-art equipment. The IRCM employs 425 people and is an independent institution affiliated with the Université de Montréal. The IRCM clinic is associated to the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). The IRCM has a long-standing association with McGill University.

About the Cancer Research Society
The Cancer Research Society (CRS) is a national not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to fund cancer research exclusively and to offer seed money to the most promising original ideas, projects and researchers across Canada. During the past 20 years, the Cancer Research Society has granted over 100 million dollars to some 900 cancer research projects across Canada, including more than 35 million dollars allocated over the past five years. Founded in 1945, the CRS is proud to celebrate its 65th anniversary this year. The longevity of CRS is proof of its expertise and determination in the fight against cancer. To learn more, visit www.CancerResearchSociety.ca.

SOURCE Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

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and to schedule an interview, please contact:
IRCM: Cancer Research Society:
Julie Langelier
Communications Officer (IRCM)
(514) 987-5555
Josée-France Villemure
Scientific Advisor
(514) 861-9227 ext. 234
Lucette Thériault
Communications Director (IRCM)
(514) 987-5535


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