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The Terry Fox Research Institute

Expanding our research portfolio

Since its inception, the TFRI has invested in groundbreaking scientific projects that accelerate discoveries for the benefit of cancer patients. Today, this investment expands beyond our flagship basic science and translational research programs. With support from partners across the country, including the Government of Canada, we now lead two innovative projects that embody Terry Fox's spirit and unite our country to improve the lives of cancer patients through precision medicine: the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network and the Digital Health and Discovery Platform.

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Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP)

The DHDP is a pan-Canadian initiative co-led by the TFRI and supported by the Government of Canada. The DHDP provides the cutting-edge technological and policy infrastructure needed to share and analyze large amounts of health data generated through the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network, allowing us to improve health outcomes for Canadians through the advancement of precision medicine for cancer and other diseases.

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Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network

The MOHCCN is an unprecedented collaboration led by the TFRI and supported by the Government of Canada that unites the country’s top cancer hospitals and research centres to create the Team Canada of Cancer Research. Just like Terry’s Marathon of Hope united Canadians under a single vision, the Network unites our cancer research community, empowering them to work together to make precision medicine for cancer a reality for all Canadians.

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Ultrasound and MRI for Cancer Therapy - III

A team of pioneering cancer researchers in Toronto is looking to harness the power of ultrasound technology to personalize and improve cancer treatments thanks to renewal funding from the Terry Fox Research Institute. The team, led by Dr. Gregory Czarnota, a radiation oncologist and senior scientist at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, will use $6-million over the next...

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Mammary OMICs: Intercepting Breast Cancer Early to Improve Outcomes

A new partnership between the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will enable a team of multidisciplinary researchers to cover much needed ground to detect high-risk breast cancer earlier and, at the same time, identify new treatments to address this currently incurable disease.  For the first time, CIHR’s Institute of Cancer Researc...

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Targeting Tumour Plasticity in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Nearly 20% of advanced prostate cancer patients relapse on potent androgen receptor (AR) targeted therapies with a highly aggressive disease called treatment induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC). In NEPC, cancer cells commit what Dr. Amina Zoubeidi, professor and Canada Research Chair in Cancer Therapy Resistance at the University of British Columbia, calls “an identity shift”...

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Modeling lymphoma evolution and clinical trajectory using multiomics

It’s their fifth cycle of funding for researchers at the BC Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer who are part of the renewal of a coveted Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Projects Grant, following the 2022 competition.  “It’s a privilege and honour to have this PPG award. The grant is quite unique in the landscape of Canadian funding and six million dollars over six years is the...

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Precision Oncology for Endometrial Carcinoma Patients

Molecular testing has allowed researchers to understand that not all cancers are the same—even if they grow in the same part of the body or look similar under a microscope. This is the case with endometrial cancers, where molecular features can be used to identify four prognostic subgroups. Pragmatic molecular classification tools, assessing key mutations or the presence or absence of specif...

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  • Funding Programs

    The Terry Fox Research Institute functions as the research arm of The Terry Fox Foundation. In this capacity, the Institute invests and manages approximately $27 million in combined funding for discovery and translational research and training for future scientists and clinicians in cancer research.

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  • Our Research

    We know more about cancer today thanks to the biological, molecular and genomic discoveries, new technologies, tests and treatments made possible with research funding from The Terry Fox Foundation and through the translational work undertaken by TFRI. As a result, we have better ways to detect, diagnose and treat cancer today. This is helping cancer patients to live, to live longer and with a better quality of life.

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  • Terry Fox and the Terry Fox Foundation

    Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.

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  • Digital Health and Discovery Platform

    The Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP) is a pan-Canadian initiative that seeks to improve health outcomes for Canadians by deploying cutting-edge technologies that advance precision medicine.

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  • Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres

    The Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network is a bold vision led by The Terry Fox Research Institute and The Terry Fox Foundation with support from dozens of research and funding partners across Canada.

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Updates

Updates

  • 2020/21 Facts

    • 26.6 Million Dollars for Cancer Research and Training
      Million Dollars for Cancer Research and Training
    • 47 currently funded projects for team science and research
      Funded Projects for team science and research
    • 98 Partners in Funding and Research
      Partners in Funding and Research