The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), named for Canadian icon Terry Fox, is built on Terry’s dream to end cancer through research. We are 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 today’s best science becomes tomorrow’s affordable medicine.

Within these pages, you will learn what we are doing to achieve Terry’s dream. His vision unites us and inspires our research excellence, innovation and creativity.

March 06, 2014

Three promising Canadian cancer researchers, two in Ontario and one in Quebec, have been awarded a total of $1.35 million under the Terry Fox Research Institute’s 2013 New Investigator Awards.

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January 20, 2014  Dr. Victor Ling, TFRI President

Welcome to our new web site!  We hope you enjoy the new design and find this site user friendly, accessible ...

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January 20, 2014  TFRI Guest Blog

As TFRI’s Quebec node leader and the chair of the TFRI’s 5th Annual Scientific Meeting(ASM), I am looking forward to ...

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  • New Investigator Awards 2014 now open

    We are pleased to announce that the Terry Fox Research Institute has opened the Terry Fox New Investigator operating grant competition (2014). The program is designed to provide a single research grant to scientific and clinical investigators within the first five years of a first faculty-level appointment in Canada. The Request for Applications and competition documents can be downloaded from the New Investigators page.

    New Investigator Awards 2014

  • TFRI-funded researcher leads discovery of a pre-leukemic stem cell

    Feb. 13 -- Congratulations to Terry Fox-funded researcher Dr. John Dick and his team of cancer researchers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, who have discovered a pre-leukemic stem cell. The stem cell may be key to the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and may also be the cell that evades therapy and triggers relapse in patients.

    Read the story from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

    Read the Nature magazine article (may require account)

  • 300,000 volunteers recruited in landmark project for cancer and chronic disease research

    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, one of our partners on TFRI's lung, ovarian and prostate biomarker projects, has achieved an important milestone in enrolling 300,000 participants from across Canada in the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project. By monitoring participants over a long time period, such a project will help establish a cause-and-effect relationship between cancer and its causes. Such participation is very important in advancing cancer research in Canada. Read more information on the CPAC website

  • Today is World Cancer Day

    Feb. 4 -- Our partners at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre set about asking schoolchildren in Toronto what they know about cancer and created a great series of video. Not surprisingly, a number of kids said they heard about cancer when they learned about Terry Fox. Watch their video here

  • World Cancer Day - Our international runs and projects

    Feb. 4 -- We invite you to join us in marking World Cancer Day today - a day focused on raising awareness of cancer and promoting its prevention, detection and treatment. In the United Arab Emirates, supporters are preparing for the upcoming annual Terry Fox Run on February 21. Read about that annual run, its importance to cancer survivors there, and the Terry Fox research being supported: Terry Fox Run covered in UAE news media

  • Register for TFRI's 5th Annual Scientific Meeting coming May 8-10 2014



  • Registration open for TFRI's 5th Annual Scientific MeetingTFRI's 5th ASM will be held in Montreal, May 8-10, 2014. Join the TFRI research family and be part of 'Building Connections to Our Future', this year's theme. Find out more and register on the ASM website
  • Dr. Stephen LamResearcher wins prize! Congratulations to TFRI principal investigator Dr. Stephen Lam (BC Cancer Agency and UBC) , who has been awarded the 2013 Killam Research Prize from the University of British Columbia in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research. Dr. Lam heads TFRI’s pan-Canadian Early Lung Cancer Detection Study. Dr. Lam and his team developed a new clinical tool that accurately classifies benign and malignant spots on lung CT scans among a high-risk population. Read the full news story of Dr. Lam’s research.

  • Proud Moment! TFRI president and scientific director Dr. Victor Ling (left) received the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance award for Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research in Toronto on Nov. 5th recognizing his contributions and achievements in the field, including a report which led to the creation of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. TFRI Scientific Advisory Committee chair Dr. Phil Branton introduced Dr. Ling and presented him with the award. (Photo credit: Corban Hu)

  • Fall Newsletter 2013

    Front page of the TFRI Fall 2013 newsletter

  • Notice - 1980 Photographs of Terry Fox Sought for National Museum Exhibit

    The Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) is looking for photographs taken by Canadians of Terry Fox in 1980 during his Marathon of Hope. The photographs will be used as part of an upcoming exhibition that the CMC and the Terry Fox Centre are developing to be launched in April 2015, marking the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. For full details visit:
  • Looking for information about a Terry Fox-funded research project?

    Information is available from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research's searchable database on the national Canadian Research Information System (CRIS) database. You can search by subject, investigator, funding, location or program.

    Access the TFF research database