TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Canada's leading cancer research centre announced
today that a long-term gift of $37.5 million from the Campbell family will be
recognized through the creation of The Campbell Family Cancer Research
Institute (CFCRI) at Princess Margaret Hospital. The Campbell family's support
over the course of their association with Princess Margaret Hospital now
totals $67.5 million, representing the largest cumulative private gift to
cancer research in Canada.
"The Campbell family's support of cancer research at Princess Margaret
Hospital is inspirational and transformative," said Dr. Robert Bell, President
and CEO of University Health Network (UHN), which includes Princess Margaret
Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. "In
recognition of this support, we will be naming part of our cancer research
enterprise The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Ben Neel,
Director, the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI) will also be the Director of The
Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute. He is a leading cancer cell
researcher and was recruited from the Harvard Medical School to lead our
cancer research in the fall of 2006."
The creation of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute enables OCI
to advance research into targeting discoveries to develop potential cures for
many kinds cancer, said Dr. Neel. "I was attracted to Canada and to The
Princess Margaret in particular, because of the unique combination of basic,
translational and clinical research that makes it one of the top five cancer
research centres in the world. I am delighted that the Campbell family has
decided that this is a place worthy of such support and I will work with all
of the scientists to ensure that the Campbell family's support of our work
translates into hope for cancer patients around the world."
The new knowledge coming from Princess Margaret Hospital builds on a
legacy of landmark science that includes Drs. James Till and Ernest
McCulloch's discovery of the stem cell and Dr. Tak Mak's cloning of the T-cell
receptor. More recent discoveries include Dr. Norman Boyd's discovery of
breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer and Dr. John Dick's
discovery of the colon cancer stem cell.
The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute will accelerate the pace of
breakthrough cancer research, facilitating the translation of cancer
discoveries into new life-saving therapies and more personalized cancer
treatments for each patient. The family's previous gift of $25 million in 2004
established The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research (CFIBCR).
Dr. Tak Mak leads the CFIBCR and will work closely with Dr. Neel to ensure
full integration of cancer research activities.
"The Campbell support is advancing our knowledge of breast cancer and we
are focused on using that knowledge to refine and target treatments," said Dr.
Tak Mak, "This gift is a significant step as research conducted at The
Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute will ultimately benefit Canadians
diagnosed with any type of cancer."
While breast cancer will remain a major focus at The Campbell Family
Cancer Research Institute, funding for the new institute will support a high
content tumour bank; a state-of-the-art Advanced Molecular Profiling Lab
(AMPL) and cancer research in tumour metabolism, cancer stem cells, cancer
genomics, proteomics, informatics and guided therapeutics.
"It is an honour to work with the family to ensure that their gift
creates the best opportunities possible for Canadian researchers to continue
to solve parts of the cancer puzzle," said Paul Alofs, President of The
Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. "The ultimate goal is to conquer cancer
and there will be many milestones on that road, which we will celebrate with
"Support of this magnitude for research is very exciting," said Dr.
Christopher Paige, Vice President of Research at UHN. "This vote of confidence
in Drs. Mak, Neel and their colleagues at UHN is well placed and I thank the
Campbells for their extraordinarily generous gift to research."
About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret
The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret
Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists,
clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by
leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer
breakthroughs. For more information, go to www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca.
About Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm the Ontario Cancer
Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute
and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute, have achieved an
international reputation as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the
world. Princess Margaret Hospital is a member of University Health Network
which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All
three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto and
more information about UHN can be found at www.uhn.ca.
About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network
raises funds for research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute,
which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The
Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the
Foundation can be found at www.pmhf.ca
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