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Translational Research

A major focus of the Terry Fox Research Institute is translational research. Translation is often defined as research which moves discoveries made in the clinic to the laboratory and thence back to the bedside.  It is sometimes called “applied” research. This area of research holds great promise today for providing improved care and outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. Translational research is focused on speeding up the development and adoption of new treatments and technologies for the benefit of cancer patients and their families, the healthcare system and for the population at large. It covers the spectrum of cancer research from early detection and screening to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of treatment. Translational research has been underfunded in the past partly because it is complex, involves many different disciplines and stakeholders, and is usually expensive to do. 

Please refer to the table below for the current portfolio of TFRI translational projects. Additional information for each can be found in the Canadian Research Information System (CRIS) database.

The Institute is currently evaluating its Translational Research Program. We do not anticipate launching a Strategic Opportunity for this program in 2017.

Meeting Reports

Below are meeting reports from recent meetings and workshops related to our translational research projects.

Pancreatic Cancer Workshop Meeting Report - September 2015


List of Translational Cancer Research Projects

 PAN-CANADIAN PROJECTS
  Project
 Start/End    
 Lead
Multiple Myeloma Molecular Monitoring (M4)
2017-2021  Reiman, Anthony 
The immunotherapy Network (iTNT): Targeting Ovarian Cancer
2016-2021 Ohashi, Pam 
Pan-Canadian Colorectal Cancer Consortium (C4)

2012-2017
Batist, G; Gallinger, S
Therapeutic Targeting of Glioblastoma (with Alberta Cancer Foundation, Alberta Innovates, Genome Canada and others)

2012-2017 
Cairncross, G

Biomarker driven management of Prostate Cancer Phase II
2012-2019
Saad, F
Sub-type management of Ovarian Cancer (with CPAC)
2009-2018
Mes-Masson, A-M; Huntsman, D; Provencher, D


 PROJECTS & PILOTS
  Project  Start/End      Lead
Pan-Canadian Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care Pilot Program
2016-2017 Renouf, Daniel
Schaeffer, David
National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan - TFRI Scientific Collaborations
  Project  Start/End      Lead
Development of 2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-galactose as a new molecular imaging probe for hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosis 2013-2016 Benard, F / Kai-Yuan, T
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