Proceeds from Read for the Cure help support some of our country’s most promising cancer researchers»
Proceeds from Read for the Cure help support some of our country’s most promising cancer researchers such as Dr. Eva Turley at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. Dr. Turley studies non-melanoma skin cancer, also called carcinoma which affects close to 80,000 Canadians each year. The goal of her project is to understand how skin cancer could be prevented. The answer could lie in an interesting creature, the naked mole rat. These hairless and wrinkly little beasts have a unique quality: they can live for over 30 years. Moreover, the same molecule that provides these creatures with their springy and crumpled skin also seems to prevent them from contracting cancer.
Could this same molecule be used to prevent skin cancer in humans? That’s what Dr. Turley is hoping to find out.
The Cancer Research Society funds highly promising research projects undertaken by Canada’s best scientists. Following a rigorous peer review selection process, about 150 researchers are thus able to advance scientific knowledge to improve cancer prevention, detection and treatments, through various funding programs. These programs are based on scientific excellence, support to new generations of scientists, support to promising underfunded research avenues and partnerships with great impact potential. Since its inception, the Cancer Research Society has thus contributed to major advances in oncology, helping position Canada at the forefront of cancer research in the world.