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Campbell Family Researchers Awarded $30M for Genetic Research

Igor2.jpgThe Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation awarded close to $30M in new funding to four Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI)/Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute-led programs in genomics and gene-related areas of research. OCI awardees in the Ontario Research Fund-Global Leadership Round in Genomics and Life Sciences include:

  • Drs. Benjamin Neel and Bradly Wouters ($10.1M) for their project using state-of-the-art genetic screens, next-generation genome sequencing and high-throughput synthetic antibody development to accelerate the discovery of novel cancer therapies and biomarkers.

  • Drs. Igor Jurisica and Gary Bader ($10.02M) for their study which will provide an integrated database for systematic characterization of cancer proteins, their interactions and pathways; and will allow for the identification of new cancer targets in lung, prostate, breast, ovary and head and neck cancers.

  • Drs. Peter Liu and Gordon Keller ($6.6M) towards their project which involves developing new screening and diagnostic tools to identify patients in the early stages of heart disease and determine the most effective treatment on an individual basis. Although this project is not directly related to cancer pathogenesis, knowledge gained from this work may help mitigate the cardiac damage caused by certain types of chemotherapy.

  • Dr. Rama Khokha ($2.1M) towards her study which aims to understand how certain genes affect the development of osteosarcoma—a devastating form of bone cancer brought to the fore by Terry Fox thirty years ago on his Marathon of Hope campaign.
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