Five Researchers Receive Fellowships from TELUS-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast cancer care and research will be enhanced for Canadians experiencing the disease, thanks to five new breast cancer fellowships announced today by TELUS, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

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The submissions we received from across the country were of a very high calibre, and it is a great honor for CBCF and TELUS to support their work"

(PRWEB) June 26, 2013

Five researchers receive fellowships from TELUS-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, $400k in funding supports improved breast cancer treatments.

Breast cancer care and research will be enhanced for Canadians experiencing the disease, thanks to five new breast cancer fellowships announced today by TELUS, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

The five fellows receiving funding from the 2012 TELUS-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship Competition will undertake research on everything from examining the rehabilitation needs of women who have experienced breast cancer to understanding the role microenvironments play in targeted therapies.

The $400,000 initiative was designed to support specialized medical and allied health professional training that will strengthen multidisciplinary care teams focused on improving breast cancer treatment and care and was funded by TELUS’ Go Pink campaign; for every exclusive pink Blackberry Curve 9360 smartphone sold during the promotion, TELUS donated $25 to the initiative.

“On average, every week some 434 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s more than 22,700 new cases diagnosed every year,” said Jill Schnarr, vice-president, TELUS Community Investment and Engagement. “On behalf of TELUS, our team members, retirees and customers across Canada, we are proud to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the recipients of our fellowship grants in this important work.”

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation co-CEO Sandra Palmaro said TELUS’ partnership helps fulfill CBCF’s vision of creating a future without breast cancer.

“The Go Pink Campaign and the TELUS-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship Competition not only engaged the public to support our cause, but it also rallied some of the best and brightest scientific and medical minds to apply their talent to the challenge of breast cancer. The submissions we received from across the country were of a very high calibre, and it is a great honor for CBCF and TELUS to support their work,” said Ms. Palmaro.

The National Fellowship Winners:

Researcher: Dr. Ling-l Olivia Tseng (Family physician)        
Host Organization:BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver
Research Description: Investigating how interactions with family physicians can improve care for people who have experienced breast cancer

Researcher: Dr. Julie Arsenault (radiation oncologist)            
Host Organization: McMaster University, Hamilton
Research Description: Evaluating a robotic radiosurgery device for use in breast conserving therapy.

Researcher: Karen Dobbin (physiotherapist)            
Host Organization: Cancer Care Manitoba/University of Manitoba, Winnipeg    
Research Description: Examining the rehabilitation needs of women who have experienced breast cancer.    

Researcher: Dr. Saima Hassan (Surgical Oncologist)            
Host Organization: Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal, Montreal        
Research Description: Understanding the molecular signatures that can be used to predict treatment outcomes according to cancer subtype.

Researcher: Dr. Sami Benzina (Post Doctoral Fellow)    
Host Organization: University of Moncton, Moncton            
Research Description: Studying the role of a gene thought to be involved in the spread of breast cancer.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Ramya Ramanathan
Manager, Communications & Public Relations
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
416-263-7944
rramanathan(at)cbcf(dot)org

Anne-Sophie Hamelin-Longtin
Communications Officer
Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
514 871-1717, ext.226
ashamel(at)rubanrose(dot)org

Chris Gerritsen
TELUS Media Relations
403-808-9591
Chris(dot)gerritsen(at)telus(dot)com

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 Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to fund breast cancer research, promote breast health through education and awareness activities, and provide support for those affected by the disease. For additional information, please visit http://www.rubanrose.org or breastsobservation.org.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 712,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition. For more information about TELUS, please visit http://www.telus.com.


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