GivingTuesday donors bankroll UBC scientist’s unconventional approach to childhood cancer research

06 December 2016

Vancouver -

The Canadian Cancer Society announced today that researcher Dr Philipp Lange is the winner of the 2016 Great Canadian Innovation Grant, a program that supports researchers who are thinking outside of the box when investigating cancer.

The charity launched its 3rd annual GivingTuesday campaign to fund scientists who are undertaking high-risk/high-reward projects with the potential to greatly advance our understanding of cancer. This year, the campaign added a twist by giving donors the ability to vote for 1 of 3 nominees they think most deserves the $200,000 Great Canadian Innovation Grant.

Dr Lange is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at University of British Columbia, an investigator with the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at BC Children's Hospital and a Canada Research Chair in Translational Proteomics of Pediatric Malignancies. Through his project, Dr Lange is seeking to reduce long-term health issues in childhood cancer survivors by exploring unique proteins in leukemia to find more effective and less harmful treatments for children.

“Side-effects from cancer treatments are particularly daunting for children, who will live for decades after successful treatment,” says Dr Lange. “Thanks to the support of Canadian Cancer Society donors we can now explore new treatment options that will hopefully spare vulnerable kids from long-term damage and improve their quality of life.”

Lange and the two other nominees are part of the Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants program, which seeks to raise funding for cutting edge projects. The program supports researchers who are taking unique approaches to investigating cancer in the hope of making unexpected discoveries that could change the way we prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, including improving the quality of life of survivors.

“It is inspiring to see so many Canadians understand the need to support researchers who are investigating cancer from what seems like a rather unusual perspective,” says Dr Michael Wortzman, Assistant Director of Research Programs for the Canadian Cancer Society. “Congratulations to Dr Lange and his team and thank you to the caring Canadians who made a donation.”

The Society’s GivingTuesday campaign included two other worthy researchers whom the charity hopes to also fund through donations to its Innovation Grants program. The need to support world-class cancer research has never been more urgent. Due to the country’s growing and aging population, the Canadian Cancer Society predicts that the number of new cancer cases in Canada will rise dramatically in the next 15 years. This will increase the need for life-saving research and the charity relies on the generous support of Canadians to fund this work. It’s not too late to donate in support of Canada’s best cancer research. To claim a donation for 2016 personal income tax returns, Canadians are reminded to donate at cancer.ca before midnight on December 31!

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society funds the best cancer research in Canada thanks to our generous donors and our rigorous peer-review process. We are the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, funding hundreds of researchers in universities, hospitals and research centres. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

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