The Cancer Research Society funds the best research in Canada - Awards $13.8 million in grants this year

MONTREAL, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Society approved $13.8 million to support the best cancer research projects in Canada.

Through a combination of donations, fundraising events and partnerships, Canadians have once again demonstrated their support for cancer research, which has led to tangible results.

These generous contributions will allow 166 research projects to be financed during the 2017 Fiscal Year, including 64 new initiatives and 102 ongoing projects.

With the mission to fund basic research on all types of cancer, the Cancer Research Society awards grants based solely on excellence and scientific merit determined through a rigorous peer-review process. "We know that research is the starting point for all advances made in cancer detection, prevention and treatment. Researchers remind us of how important it is to continue funding their groundbreaking work in the ongoing fight against cancer," states Andy Chabot, President and CEO of the Cancer Research Society.

During the past 5 years, the Cancer Research Society has invested $62.3 million in research and has funded 335 new research projects on cancer.

About the Cancer Research Society
Founded in 1945, the Cancer Research Society is a national not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to fund research on all types of cancer, thereby contributing to the advancement of science aimed at preventing, detecting, and treating this disease. The Society primarily supports basic research, which has resulted in several innovative discoveries. It also finances projects in environment-cancer, a field in which the Society is considered to have played a pioneering role in Canada. In addition, through its Next Generation of Scientists program, the Society provides young researchers with the opportunity to pursue their careers in Canada. This unique and innovative funding initiative serves to prevent an exodus of our best scientific minds. For more information, visit


SOURCE Cancer Research Society

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