Cancer Research Moves From Lab To Clinic

    McGuinty Government Supporting Fight Against Cancer

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ -


    The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research is supporting five projects
that will explore better ways to detect and treat cancer.
    The Institute is committing $2.25 million towards projects that will help
move new innovations closer to clinical applications, where they can make a
real difference in the lives of patients.
    The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research will actively work with the
leaders of these projects, providing additional expertise and resources to
more quickly move new innovations out of research labs and into the hands of
the doctors and patients that need them.
    Ontario created the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in 2005 to
align the province's considerable strengths around prevention, detection,
diagnosis and treatment -- making the province a global leader in the fight
against cancer.


    "The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research is turning Ontario's
world-class cancer research into better prevention, improved patient care, new
technologies and more effective therapies for people. Our government is proud
to be supporting leading scientists whose work in Ontario means a more vibrant
research community, a stronger economy, and better lives for people here at
home and around the world."
    - Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson

    "It is important that promising cancer research projects receive the
funding they need to successfully move out of the lab and into the clinic. We
are happy to assist these researchers in developing these technologies further
and eventually create new treatments to help people living with cancer."
    - President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer
    Research, Dr. Tom Hudson


    -   According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is a leading
        cause of death worldwide. The WHO predicts deaths from cancer
        worldwide will continue to rise, with an estimated 12 million deaths
        in 2030.
    -   Ontario has committed $357-million to create and sustain the world-
        class scientists and research happening at the Ontario Institute for
        Cancer Research.
    -   Budget 2009 has committed an additional $100-million to fund world-
        class life science and genomics research happening across the
    -   With 25 research and academic hospitals employing 10,000 scientists,
        clinical investigators and other researchers conducting $850 million
        in research annually, Ontario is the largest hub of biomedical
        activity in Canada and the fourth largest biomedical research centre
        in North America.


    Find out more about the projects being funded

    Find out more about the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

    Visit the World Health Organization's Cancer Fact Sheet

    Learn more about Ontario's Innovation Agenda
( and its focus on
the life sciences

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For further information:

For further information: Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416)
314-7067; Perry Blocher, MRI Communications Branch, (416) 326-7717

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