Awards to three New Investigators were made by TFRI in late December 2016, for a total investment of $1.3 million. A fourth New Investigator Award was also made possible through the generosity of a private donor to the Terry Fox Foundation, the late Gregory Hohn of Penticton, B.C. Each award is valued at $450,000 for a term of three years, commencing Jan. 1, 2017.
Dr. Housheng Hansen He, scientist, Princess Margaret, UHN, and assistant professor, University of Toronto Department of Medical Biophysics. “Understanding the Function of Circular RNA in Tumour Hypoxia.” Mentoring program: TFRI PPG on “A Research Pipeline for Hypoxia-Directed Precision Cancer Medicine,” led by Drs. Rob Bristow and Bradly Wouters.
Dr. Frédérick Mallette, assistant professor, Université de Montréal Department of Medicine/Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Research Centre. “Deciphering the Oncogenic Properties of Cancer-Associated IDH1/2 Mutations.” Mentoring program: TFRI PPG in “Oncometabolism and the Molecular Pathways that Fuel Cancer,” led by Dr. Vincent Giguère.
Dr. Peter Stirling, scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency, and assistant professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics. “Functioning SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeller Mutations in Rare and Common Tumours.” Mentoring program: TFRI PPG on “Genomics of Forme Fruste Tumours: New Vistas on Cancer Biology and Management,” led by Dr. David Huntsman.
Dr. Trevor Pugh, scientist, Princess Margaret, UHN, and assistant professor, University of Toronto. "Single Cell Dissection and Non-Invasive Monitoring of Childhood Cancer and Immune Systems During Treatment." Mentoring program: "Precision Oncology for Young People (PROFYLE)," led by Dr. David Malkin.
TFRI has featured profiles on each recipient on our website.
A total of 10 applications were received for the competition. Reviewers said all applicants prepared high-quality research proposals and the ranking of applicants was challenging.