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2024 Breast Cancer Research Grants
Breast Cancer Canada (BCC) is proud to announce the launch of our 2024 Annual Breast Cancer Research Grants, earmarking an impressive $500,000 in new Canadian funding for innovative breast cancer research in precision oncology. As the landscape of breast cancer research and research funding undergoes major shifts in Canada, BCC remains resolute in its dedication to advancing research that can impact new discoveries and care.
Guided by Breast Cancer Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committee, the selection process places an emphasis on integrating the perspectives of breast cancer patients. Successful project teams securing funding are mandated to include a breast cancer patient advocate or a local breast cancer advocacy group in their research, ensuring a holistic and patient-centric approach.
The selected projects will all focus on precision oncology, advancing traditional breast cancer screening and therapeutics into the era of personalized medicine. These initiatives will span four dimensions of precision oncology research: basic science, screening and detection, personalized treatment and diagnostic tests, and patient-reported outcomes. Notably, all projects are required to integrate an artificial intelligence (AI) component, showcasing a commitment to cutting-edge technology and advancements.
Canadian scientists and researchers are invited to submit research proposals by January 26, 2024. Comprehensive details and application procedures can be found here.
Questions can be directed to: [email protected]
Scientific Advisory Board
Breast Cancer Canada remains the only organization in Canada laser focused on breast cancer research. The projects we fund surround precision oncology set to deliver individualized treatment plans. Progress starts with the right people. The teams we leverage across Canada accelerate the transition from standard approaches for breast cancer treatment, to the new age of personalized medicine. Our ultimate goal is to match the right plan, to the right person, at the right time.
Dr. Marc Webster
Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
Breast Cancer Research Focused in Precision Oncology
Breast Cancer Canada’s Scientific Advisory Board works as one to drive excellence in Canadian breast cancer research and leadership. How? By identifying, collaborating with, and funding groups and individuals. Specifically, those that are supporting our four pillars in precision oncology research. The pillars that bring us closer to earlier detection and better management.
Our research focuses on precision oncology that deliver individualized treatment models. The projects we fund across Canada accelerate the transition from standard approaches for breast cancer treatment, to the new age of personalized medicine.
The goal is to match the right plan to the right person at the right time.
Precision Genomics Research Pillars
The purpose of basic science research is to increase the understanding of how fundamental biological processes work. The information uncovered by basic science projects lay the groundwork for all other research that follows.
Using new technology to improve screening and detection – with better quality and less invasive test techniques than what we use now. New precision or personalized technology like genomic blood tests that identify breast cancer during screening, and machine learning that assists a clinician for more accurate breast cancer detection.
Research where a biomarker has been identified for treatment research and development; or a targeted localized treatment discovery is in early stage of development involving a precision oncology focus.
Patient Reported Outcomes
Research on the implementation of patient reported outcomes across the spectrum of breast cancer screening and disease management. The data highlights how patients perceive health and treatment effects and how treatments impact outcomes. This shapes treatment and surgical interventions that impact many aspects of a patient’s life.