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

  • Summer newsletter 2015

    The TFRI summer newsletter is here! Sharing news from our research teams and introducing our latest New Investigators and new members of the TFRI and TFF teams.

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  • Quebec researchers to fight a deadly form of children’s leukemia and to test a new way to kill prostate cancer cells

    Terry Fox spent months in a pediatric ward for his bone cancer. Today, two of three Quebec researchers to receive funding from Terry Fox will pursue new ways to help children in hospital today who are battling a deadly form of leukemia. A third-funded researcher will test a recent molecular finding to see how the immune system might help kill prostate cancer tumour cells.

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  • TFRI BC researchers aim to improve treatment, diagnostics for leukemia and lymphoma

    Vancouver, BC --Terry Fox’s research legacy continues in British Columbia 35 years after he set out on his Marathon of Hope. Two local cancer researchers will use nearly $1-million in new research funding to explore ways to treat leukemia and diagnose lymphoma using novel, non-detrimental or invasive approaches involving vitamin C and simple blood tests.

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  • Studying bone cancer in dogs may yield new therapies for treating osteosarcoma patients

    Guelph, Ontario - For the first time, funds raised for cancer research by the Terry Fox Foundation through the annual Terry Fox Run will be used to study osteosarcoma in dogs. Osteosarcoma is the form of bone cancer that took Terry Fox’s leg, and eventually his life in 1981. Dogs develop osteosarcoma at a rate 10 times higher than humans.

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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.