News Release: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region Awards Studentship Grants for Projects Across the Province

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The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region (CBCF) is proud to award $18,000 in Studentship Grants to three of the most qualified research projects across the province; two projects in breast cancer research and one in ovarian cancer research via Ovarian Cancer Canada.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region (CBCF) is proud to award $18,000 in Studentship Grants to three of the most qualified research projects across the province; two projects in breast cancer research and one in ovarian cancer research via Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Funded by both CBCF and the BC Cancer Foundation, the Studentship Grants Program is facilitated through the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). The BC/Yukon Region of CBCF has partnered with the BC Cancer Foundation since 1993, and is proud to announce the first year of its partnership with Ovarian Cancer Canada in this program.

“We were extremely impressed with the calibre of applicants this year,” said Wendy Slavin, CEO, CBCF - BC/Yukon Region. “These young researchers are part of the promising future of breast cancer research in the province and CBCF is honoured to provide them with an opportunity to explore research that will help to build their careers.”

Congratulations to the 2013 Studentship recipients:

Ashley Yip - $6,000
University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (4th year undergraduate)
Supervisor: Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe, Medical Physics/Screening Mammography Program, BC Cancer Agency – Southern Interior
Project Title: Validation of mammographic breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer

Rebecca Mlikotic - $6,000
University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (3rd year undergraduate)
Supervisor: Dr. Cythia Araujo, Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency – Southern Interior
Project Title: Populating an epidemiological model for breast cancer using data from British Columbia

Ovarian Cancer Studentship:

Mary Elrick - $6,000
University of Victoria (3rd year undergraduate)
Supervisor: Dr. Julian Lum, Immunology, BCCA – Vancouver Island Centre.
Project Title: Investigating the relationship between autophagy and T cells in ovarian cancer

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation:
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Our investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 1986, we have been at the forefront of a nationwide movement supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Join us at http://www.cbcf.org.

About the BC Cancer Foundation:
The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund with the goal of finding solutions.

As an independent charitable organization, we raise funds exclusively for the BC Cancer Agency that support innovative cancer research and compassionate enhancements to patient care.
Visit http://www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

About Ovarian Cancer Canada:
Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. Our mission is to overcome ovarian cancer by supporting women living with the disease and their families, raising awareness in the general public and with healthcare professionals and funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
http://www.ovariancanada.org

Media contacts:

Sydney Nusbaum - Specialist, Marketing & Communication
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region
T: (604) 683-2873 ext. 237, E: snusbaum(at)cbcf(dot)org

Allison Colina, Communications Specialist
BC Cancer Foundation
T: (60) 707-5934 E: allison.colina(at)bccancer(dot)bc(dot)ca

Karen CinqMars
Ovarian Cancer Canada
T: 416-962-2700 ext. 230 E: kcinqmars(at)ovariancanada(dot)org

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