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.

September 10, 2014

Terry Fox Foundation takes aim at hard-to-treat cancers and personalized treatment with multimillion-dollar research investment at six leading Toronto cancer centres

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June 11, 2014  Dr. Victor Ling, TFRI President

An all-star cast of volunteers, supporters and speakers gathered at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver recently to gear up ...

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June 18, 2014  TFRI Guest Blog

In May I attended my third TFRI Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), which was held this year in Montreal. As a ...

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  • Learn more about Terry Fox Research

    Listen to Dr. Victor Ling, President and Scientific Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute, as he talks about Terry Fox funded research and the challenges facing the scientists who are working hard to find cures for cancer.

    Download the six audio clips from our Media Room

  • TFRI News Conference

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    Toronto's cancer research community, elementary and high school students team up with the Terry Fox Foundation and TFRI to target hard-to-treat cancers through personalized treatment.

    Watch the archived stream of the TFRI news conference that took place on Wednesday, September 10.

  • Child and Adolescent Cancer Conference

    November 3-4, 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    The TFRI Atlantic Node is joining with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute to host their 5th Cancer Research Conference in Atlantic Canada. This year's focus will be on child, adolescent and young adult cancers.

    Conference leaflet

  • Research funding opportunity: Ovarian Cancer

    Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    The TFRI ovarian cancer Translational Research program has teamed up with Ovarian Cancer Canada and announced a $150,000 competition to support research to find 'biomarkers' using TFRI's Canadian Ovarian Experimental Unified Resource (COEUR).

    For more information, see the COEUR project page

  • Employment Opportunity: Research Finance Co-ordinator

    Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014

    The Terry Fox Research Institute is seeking a full-time Research Finance Co-ordinator to join its team in Vancouver to help administer cancer research projects of the Terry Fox Research Institute.

    Find the full job description on our career opportunities page

  • Register now for BC Node Research Day

    Registration is open for the 4th Annual TFRI BC Node Research Day, on Thursday, Nov. 13. A poster session and reception will take place the evening before, and the day will be opened with a keynote address from Dr. John Maris.

    Abstract submission deadline: 5pm Monday, Sept. 22 Registration closes Friday, Nov. 7

    More information

    Register here

  • Cancer research community joins Terry Fox Run

    Our cancer research colleagues at the BC Cancer Agency will be part of this year's Terry Fox Run on Sept. 14. Many thanks to the team for their great effort. They will be one of many teams raising money across Canada for Terry Fox research. Terry Fox Run team page for the BC Cancer Agency

    Sign up for the Terry Fox Run

  • The Annual Terry Fox Run: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

    Terry Fox Run promotional video Mark your calendars for this year's Terry Fox Run and sign up online at

    Watch the new Terry Fox Run video

  • TFRI-funded researchers named among world's most influential scientists

    Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Connors, Dr. Randy Gascoyne, Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Marco Marra, four Terry Fox funded researchers who feature on a list of the world's most influential scientists. The team behind the list analyzed published research papers between 2002 and 2012 to identify those scientists who have the most impact on their peers in the research world. See the Highly Cited Researchers website:

  • TFRI supports pie fundraiser

    TFRI staff supported the 4th annual Terry Fox Foundation pie sale fundraiser this year, selling a total of 97 pies. The Chilliwack Airport Coffee Shop holds the event in memory of Betty Fox and this year raised $7,644.74 from pie sales.

    TFRI set up a table in the lobby of the BCCRC (BC Cancer Research Centre) on July 20 and thanks to the wonderful generosity of donors, including many staff and researchers in the building, raised $2,415 in pie sales. One hundred per cent of the proceeds were donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.

  • 2014 ASM Montreal photos online Group photo of attendees at the TFRI ASM in Montreal 2014 This year's Annual Scientific Meeting in Monteal was a great success, with over 200 TFRI-funded researchers and trainees attending. Photos from the event are now online and can be seen in our photo gallery

  • Spring/Summer Newsletter 2014

    Front page of the TFRI Spring 2014 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