The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Ontario has granted 27 new research projects and fellowship awards totaling $7.9 million in new funding for researchers who are currently working on breakthrough studies for breast cancer. The announcement was made during the Paint Canada Pink Week which is taking place until Friday, August 22nd.
CBCF's goal is to invest in innovative projects that advance knowledge about breast cancer, as well as improve prevention, detection, treatment, and support practices for individuals living with the disease. It is one of the largest non-governmental research foundations in Canada.
"Breast cancer is a disease that 1 in 9 women will experience in her lifetime," explained the CEO of CBCF-Ontario region, Sandra Palmaro. "Funding recommendations come from our expert peer review panel, who select research that will have the greatest impact on the lives of those affected by breast cancer."
Dr. Angel Arnaout of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is one of the researchers who received an award from the CBCF, and is researching the process that keeps cancer cells alive despite chemotherapy or radiation treatment, which is called autophagy or "self-eating." Her research is designed to test the safety of chloroquine, an existing drug, in the reduc