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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  • Dr. Ling receives new honour

    Sept. 19, 2014: Congratulations to TFRI President, Dr. Victor Ling, who was inducted to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences this week. Dr Ling's accomplishments in cancer research were recognized at this year's forum on Commercialization of Health Research for Health, Social and Economic Benefit.

    Dr. Ling was one of 50 new fellows inducted to the Academy this year, for the full list see:

  • Inaugural Terry's CAUSE on Campus run at UBC

    Dr. Victor Ling at the inaugural Terry's CAUSE on Campus run at UBC TFRI President, Dr. Victor Ling, took part in the inaugural Terry's CAUSE on Campus run at UBC on Sept. 14. Dr. Ling and his wife Lela joined over 100 people to participate in this new run. A great start and hopes are high for an even bigger turn out next year.

  • Cancer research community joins Terry Fox Run

    Dr. John Bell and his lab team at the 2014 Terry Fox RunOur cancer research colleagues at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute took part in this year's Terry Fox Run on Sept. 14. Many thanks to Dr. John Bell and his team for their great effort!

  • 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


  • TFRI News Conference

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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