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Funding Research- Coast to Coast

We believe that funding 
prostate cancer research will:
  • Improve diagnostic methods
  • Find better treatments
  • Decrease prostate cancer mortalities
  • Increase overall quality of life for men living with, or recovering from, prostate cancer

More about our Pilot Grant Program.
More about our Clinician Scientist Awards.
In 2011, over $19 million of PCC funds were  dedicated to supporting prostate cancer research. One of the ways we administer these funds is through our Pilot Grant Program. We fund innovative, high-potential pilot studies that could significantly advance the field.

Often, because we tend to fund early-stage projects, the awards are the only source of funding for these projects. Through the Pilot Grant Program, PCC awards over $2 million each year to researchers from coast to coast. 

Listed below are some of the promising projects we were able to fund in 2011. As the call for 2012 Pilot Grant Program submissions comes to a close later this month, we look forward to more exciting research in this new year.

A Dr. Fraser Hof
University of Victoria, BC
Research: Dr. Hof is trying to determine if new drugs can target specific genes within the DNS  that cause cells to grow rapidly and move into new locations. 
Impact: This project may determine if new drugs that target and block the function of these genes could aid in the treatment of men with advanced stages of prostate cancer. 
B      Dr. John Lewis,  
University of Alberta, AB
Research: Dr. Lewis is working on developing tiny probes (aka. Nanoparticles) which could detect a specific protein which is only present in the blood vessels that feed tumors.  
Impact: This could enable doctors to recognize which prostate cancers are more aggressive- potentially saving men from serious-side effects.
C   Dr. Harvey Quon
CancerCare, MB
Research: Dr. Quon is investigating the possibility of increasing individual dose amounts for radiation therapy.
Impact: The goal is to maintain the ability to treat prostate cancer, while minimizing the negative side effects (and total number of treatments) for the patient. 
D   Dr. UrbanEmmenegger
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, ON
Research: Dr. Emmenegger is trying to determine if prostate cancer cells that have moved outside of the prostate gland can be more effectively treated with a combination of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) and a drug called docetaxel. 
Impact: This research could establish that some patients can be treated with alternative therapies. 
E Dr. Michael Pollak
McGill University, QB
Research: Dr. Pollak is studying whether or not insulin can stimulate the development of ‘androgens’ in prostate cancer cells- and if that contributes to the failure of certain prostate cancer therapies. 
Impact: Could determine if lowering insulin levels in the blood is an effective treatment for prostate cancer. 
F Dr. Sylvain Meloche
University of Montreal, QB
Research: Dr. Meloche is exploring how cancer cells lose their ability to properly regulate growth and division- and how often this is a result of mutations in genes (which would normally act as the ‘brakes’ on cell growth). 
Impact: This research could determine how one gene (‘Sef’)  contributes to the growth and progression of prostate cancer. 
G Dr. Patrick Lee
Dalhousie University, NS
Research: Dr. Lee is looking at how the immune system responds to a specific type of anti-cancer virus. 
Impact: This research could determine if cancer cells can be targeted by a virus (without the risk of the being attacked by the body’s own immune system). This could eventually lead to a safe and effective treatment for advanced stages of prostate cancer. 

Posted: 2012-03-13 3:46:48 PM
Filed under: diagnosis, PCC, Pilot Grant Program


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