New grants among 52 across the country
HAMILTON, ON, May 2 /CNW/ - Three cancer studies led by Hamilton
researchers are among 52 new research projects worth close to $22
million announced by the Canadian Cancer Society.
"We are very proud to support the innovative and ground-breaking
research taking place in Hamilton and across the province," said Martin
Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. "We are grateful
to the generosity and efforts of our donors and volunteers who make
this research possible."
The new grants were announced at McMaster University on April 27.
"At McMaster we see our role as taking part in a relay for life," said
Fiona McNeill, associate vice-president, research and international
affairs of McMaster University. "We take the baton of generous support
from the Canadian Cancer Society, its donors and volunteers; and our
scientists develop innovative advances towards cancer cures and better
care that that can be passed on to patients and their families. This is
very much appreciated."
McMaster researchers receiving new funding from the Canadian Cancer
Dr. Mick Bhatia $423,000
Mick Bhatia's lab continues its groundbreaking research turning adult
skin into human stem cells to generate different types of blood cells.
This study aims to identify the molecules required for "reprogramming"
these cells, focusing on the Gli3 gene that works through the "Sonic
Hedgehog Signaling Pathway". The goal is to create an unlimited source
of blood for cancer patients requiring bone marrow transplants to fight
the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Bhatia is a professor
of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster and director of
McMaster's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute.
Dr. Hsien Seow $671,615
Research by Hsien Seow has shown that end-of-life cancer patients in
Ontario who received more homecare nursing hours were less likely to
require hospital visits. This project will extend this research to
three more provinces, investigate the effect of more homecare nursing
hours on total healthcare costs, and determine whether patients use
care differently depending on their province. Seow is an associate
professor of oncology at McMaster and he holds the Cancer Care Ontario
Research Chair in Health Services Research.
Dr. John Valliant $412,392
John Valliant is studying a way to develop a more precise, non-invasive
method to detect breast cancer. With this funding, he will create an
imaging probe to help identify insulin receptors that are abundant on
the surface of breast cancer cells, with the goal of using this early
change in cancer cells for screening and to predict the best treatment
options. Valliant is an associate professor of chemistry at McMaster
and CEO and scientific director of the Centre for Probe Development and
Grants are selected after a rigorous national application and review
process. For a complete list of newly funded research grants across the
country by the Canadian Cancer Society, 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. When
you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
About McMaster University
McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the
Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in
both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and
more than 140,000 alumni in 128 countries.
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For further information:
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