Over $616,000 in Medical Research Grants Awarded to BC’s Top Talent

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The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region is proud to award $616,339 in Medical Research Grants to six of the province’s brightest minds in breast cancer research.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region is proud to award $616,339 in Medical Research Grants to six of the province’s brightest minds in breast cancer research.

The Foundation began awarding grants in 1993 and since then has committed more than $15 million to BC-based researchers and scientists. “Breast cancer outcomes in our province are the best in Canada, thanks in huge part to a growing community of world class scientists here in BC who are investigating better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer,” says Elaine Webb, Senior Director, Health Promotion and Communication. “This year, we are very proud to support six highly-accomplished medical researchers working on a variety of projects from development of more targeted therapies, to analyzing the effects of breast cancer on women’s future income and employment.”

The six 2012-2013 Medical Research Grant recipients are as follows:

Dr. Timothy Beischlag, Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, BC
Project Title: The role of retinoblastoma protein in HIF1-mediated breast cancer progression
Goal: To understand how low oxygen affects the progression of breast cancer tumours into metastatic or lethal variations.

Dr. Christopher Maxwell, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC
Project Title: Molecular targeting of BRCA1- mediated aberrant human mammary cell differentiation as a new therapeutic strategy in basal breast cancers
Goal: To develop safer, more specific therapies for breast cancers that develop in young women by understanding and targeting differences in cell division between normal cells and cancer cells.

Dr. Brad Nelson, BC Cancer Agency – Victoria, BC
Project Title: Targeting the breast cancer genome with personalized therapeutic vaccines
Goal: To develop “personalized vaccines” that will trigger a potent immune response against the mutations found in a patient’s tumour.

Dr. Paulos Teckle, BC Cancer Agency – Vancouver, BC
Project Title: Long-term income and employment among breast cancer survivors in British Columbia
Goal: To use linked population-based registries, clinical datasets and administrative tax data to measure and describe the effects of breast cancer on women’s income and employment, and to determine what patient, tumour and treatment characteristics predict variations in income and employment for these women.

Dr. Sally Smith, BC Cancer Agency – Victoria, BC
Project Title: Prospective evaluation of BCS without adjuvant RT in Luminal A breast cancer: a personalized approach to defining low-risk patient subsets
Goal: To identify women with very low risk of local recurrence after breast conserving surgery who could safely avoid breast radiotherapy, thus providing a more personalized approach to the local management for women with breast cancer.

Dr. Neil Eves, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus – Kelowna, BC
Project Title: Vascular-Ventricular Coupling Following Anthracycline-Containing Chemotherapy in Operable Breast Cancer
Goal: To better understand the development of cardiovascular disease after chemotherapy treatment, and identify early signs of dysfunction.

The BC/Yukon Region of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) was established in 1992 to make a difference in breast cancer and breast health for BC women. Every year, the Foundation, along with its donors, sponsors and partners, raises funds to support unique and innovative initiatives across the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment, research and emerging issues in the health care workforce. The BC/Yukon Region is committed to realizing a future without the fear of breast cancer by 2020, when breast cancer is a manageable and treatable disease.

Media Contact:
Sydney Nusbaum
Specialist, Marketing & Communication
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region
604-683-2873 ext 237

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