Dalhousie researcher to receive grant from the Canadian Cancer Society

25 July 2012

Halifax -

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to congratulate Dr. Jean Marshall, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University for being selected to receive a three year cancer research innovation grant.

“We are delighted that Dr. Marshall’s research project has been chosen for funding,” says Barbara Stead-Coyle, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division. “Nova Scotia has a tremendously talented research community, important research is happening right here at home,” says Stead-Coyle.

While drugs that block histamine and its ability to trigger the immune response are widely used for helping minimize the side effects of cancer treatments, the body’s natural immune response is also thought to be an important player in the fight against cancer. Dr Marshall’s study will take an unconventional approach and look at how histamine can play a positive role in regulating the body’s ability to fight tumours, potentially impacting the way doctors manage many types of cancers.

“This funding from the Canadian Cancer Society will be critical in allowing us to further our cancer research efforts,” says Dr. Marshall. Dr. Marshall will receive a total of $184,448 over three years to support her research.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Nova Scotia Division invests each year in important cancer research,” says Barbara Stead-Coyle. “Anyone touched by cancer has been affected by donor funded research. Changes in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship are a direct result of research activity,” she adds.

In the last 10 years 16 principle investigators in Nova Scotia received 22 research grants and awards for a total of $5.3 million dollars through the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI).

In the 1940’s when the Canadian Cancer Society began funding research, only 1 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer survived. Today the survival rate is 62%. Cancer research, prevention and programs for people living with cancer continue to be a priority because the number of cancer incidences continues to grow as our population ages.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Innovation Grants are new in 2012. The goal of this new program is to support unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research.

It is hoped this grant program will accelerate the introduction of innovation into the entire cancer research system and contribute to the scientific idea pipeline. Grant budgets may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant. Funding is provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, salaries, and equipment associated with the proposed work.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

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