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In 1945, when Betty Caplan and her friends founded the Cancer Research Society, they had no idea that their actions would allow the Cancer Research Society to provide over $326 million to cancer research over the next 75-years. This was a time when cell phones were science fiction, black and white television sets were the norm, and Neil Armstrong hadn’t yet landed on the moon. Only 25% of people diagnosed with a cancer would survive the disease, and for many it was a death sentence.
Betty Caplan and her friends were trailblazers who believed that research was the key to providing a better future for their loved ones, and they were right.
In 2021, the average 5-year survival rate of all cancers is over 63%, with certain types of cancers exceeding 95%. This feat was only made possible through the dedication and innovation of researchers funded by organisms such as ours. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to continue funding the next generation of scientists like Liis Uuskula-Reimand, Elena Kuzmin, and Amelie Fradet-Turcotte whose work will help us better prevent, detect, and treat all types of cancers.
We need your help to continue funding Young Investigators like them who represent the future of cancer research in Canada.
Liis Uuskula-Reimand, Ph.D. - Science will bring you forward
Like many cancer researchers, Liis’ career spawned from a passion for biology.
During her postdoctoral training at the Hospital for Sick Children, she became fascinated with the three-dimensional interactions of genes and their regulatory elements, and sought to study where and how mutations interrupt these interactions and make cells cancerous.
As a recipient of the 2020 Cancer Research Society Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists (SNGS), she’s infinitely grateful for the support and stability this transitional grant, unique in Canada, offers Young Investigators like herself.
“The SNGS grant provides me with the opportunity to work on something I believe will bring new knowledge on cancer and its development. You never know where the next breakthrough can come from; it’s just mind-blowing when something new and groundbreaking is discovered. Without all the research leading up to that, it wouldn’t even have been possible.”
Elena Kuzmin - Fundamental research is the key
Elena Kuzmin is a 2020 recipient of the Cancer Research Society’s Scholarship of the Next Generation of Scientists (SNGS). Like many in her field, she knows her research will be invaluable in creating a better future for our loved ones.
“What people forget is that research and our knowledge is incremental. Everything that we know now was built on the foundation of research that was done before. There is a critical mass of knowledge that eventually works together and leads to the development of faster advances in science and technology. Every Ph.D. is 5 to 7 years and that’s one project and one question, so imagine how long things take and how many questions are left unanswered.”
Thanks to the SNGS award, Elena will be starting her own lab in the fall of 2021 and will be capable of pursuing her groundbreaking findings.
“We’re laying the foundation for the next step. For us to continue and increase the pace of discoveries, we have to work on it now so we can harness it in the future.”
Amelie Fradet-Turcotte - Research is understanding
Amelie Fradet-Turcotte was the first woman to receive a Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists (SNGS) in 2014.
“The SNGS gives you the latitude to shift a fantastic and groundbreaking idea to a stronger scientific achievement. Other grants you can receive as a Postdoc don’t allow you to have projects that are as innovative and risky. As an early investigator, this type of funding is a game changer to kick start projects in your laboratory because even with a start-up grant, there’s only so much you can do.”
During post-doctoral studies, young researchers are generally working in an established lab, under the supervision of a Principal Investigator. This gives them access to all of the materials and equipment they need to begin working on their own project, but when the time comes for them to pursue their research on their own and establish their own lab, funding often falls short.