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The Terry Fox Research Institute

The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), named for Canadian icon Terry Fox, is built on Terry's dream to end cancer through research.

Terry's vision unites us and inspires our research excellence, innovation and creativity. The Terry Fox Research Institute is 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 that today’s best science becomes tomorrow’s affordable medicine.

Triggers and Targets in the Tumour Microenvironment: Hypoxia and Beyond

A leading team of scientists at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is set to expand its groundbreaking research into the effects of low oxygen levels (hypoxia) on tumour aggressiveness thanks to renewal funding from the Terry Fox Research Institute. Led by Drs. Marianne Koritzinsky and Michael Milosevic, the group will receive $6M over the next six years after being awarded a Terry Fo...

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Targeting Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Cancer

What is the best way to starve cancer cells? What role does obesity play in metastatic breast cancer and how does it affect the tumour microenvironment? Might combining a chemotherapeutic agent with a drug now used to treat diabetes be part of an effective therapy for metastatic breast cancer? With $6-million in new funding for six years, a research team based in Montreal and Ottawa will try to an...

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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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  • About Cancer

    Human bodies are made up of hundreds of millions of cells that constantly regenerate through a process called cell division. This process is regulated through a series of mechanisms in our cells that help ensure that everything runs smoothly and that we always have the right number of each cell.

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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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Aimee Zeglinski-Spinney

Teen bone cancer survivor credits Terry Fox research advances for her survival

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Donna Goudard

“Let’s find something you can test for, and cure ovarian cancers!”

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Yves Tellier

Immunotherapy gives melanoma cancer survivor a second chance at life

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Luana Locke

Patient participates in study to help stop rare but deadly hereditary cancer before it strikes

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Debbie Duclos

Study participant benefits from “personalized chemotherapy” for breast cancer patients

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  • 2018/19 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
    • 76 Partners in Funding and Research
      Partners in Funding and Research