The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), named for Canadian icon Terry Fox, is built on Terry's dream to end cancer through research.


Supporting future leaders in cancer research in Atlantic Canada

July 24, 2015 | Dr. Alamelu Bharadwaj

Basic science research is complex and time consuming but is the most important foundation for creating new therapies for various diseases. I have always nurtured a dream of doing cancer research since my undergraduate days back in India. This dream came to fruition and I have been conducting cancer research for 12 years.

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News & Notices

  • Cancer patients treated in world-first clinical trial of viral therapy

    Terry Fox-funded researchers are key members of a Canadian team to have launched the world’s first clinical trial of a new therapy that uses a combination of two viruses to attack and kill cancer cells, and stimulate an anti-cancer immune response. Previous research by this team and others worldwide suggests that this approach could be very powerful, and could have fewer side effects than conventional chemotherapy and radiation.

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  • TFRI Prairie Node Symposium Day

    The TFRI Prairie Node Symposium Day took place on June 9, 2015 in Winnipeg, MB. Nearly 100 people attended the event, hosted by Prairies Node leader Dr. Jim Davie. Dr. Sean Egan (Hospital for Sick Children) gave the keynote speech on modelling metastatic breast cancer. Photos from the event are now available on the Prairies Node page.

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  • Ontario legislature supports Terry Fox Day

    The Ontario legislature has completed third reading of a bill calling for the second Sunday after Labour Day to be designated Terry Fox Day. Ontario MPP (Scarborough) Soo Wong introduced the private member's bill last year and has earned support from all parties. Read more on this story from

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  • BC Node hosts MLAs

    Victoria , BC May 26 -- BC MLAs and ministers had an opportunity to hear about the current state of cancer research from TFRI-BC Node Regional Advisory Committee members and invited speakers. Hosted by BC Node Leader Dr. Marco Marra, the two-hour event was well attended and included a question-and-answer session.

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Our Mission & Vision

Terry's vision unites us and inspires our research excellence, innovation and creativity. The Terry Fox Research Institute is a collaboratively oriented, pan-Canadian organization focused on improving cancer research outcomes for the benefit of cancer patients everywhere. We invest in and manage translational research projects across Canada and function as the research arm of The Terry Fox Foundation, managing and overseeing its discovery and training portfolios. We want to ensure that today’s best science becomes tomorrow’s affordable medicine.