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Wednesday, March 2 2016
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Focusing on a child’s strengths to win the fight against cancer

The Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau gives $1.5M to Sainte-Justine for pediatric cancer research

MONTREAL, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – The Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau (the Foundation) is donating $1.5 million to the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center to advance pediatric cancer research. Pierre Bruneau, spokesman for the Foundation that is providing Sainte-Justine with major funding, explains: “Although major advances in cancer research have been made, we still cannot cure one in five children with cancer. We have to save them and prevent subsequent health complications.” The mother-child research hospital CHU Sainte-Justine (Sainte-Justine), affiliated with the University of Montreal, is responsible for diagnosing and treating nearly three of every five young cancer patients in Quebec.

According to Michel Duval, MD, Co-Head of Sainte-Justine’s Hemato-Oncology Department, “the future of pediatric cancer treatment lies in leveraging a child’s natural strengths – its genes and immune system – as a catapult toward recovery.” This type of precision medicine will also help reduce the long-term effects of cancer and enhance quality of life.

Realizing this vision, which appears disarmingly simple, requires ultra-sophisticated equipment and expertise. Daniel Sinnett, PhD, Head of the Viral and Immune Disorders and Cancers axis at Sainte-Justine, stresses: “We need to reach an exceptional level of diagnostic accuracy and demystify how genes, biological mechanisms and the immune system interact. We will then be able to adapt treatments to a child’s genetic background or immunology.” To expedite access to these drugs, researchers can even identify molecules that are being used to treat other diseases and reposition them to cure cancers that have not responded to treatment.

Alain Moreau, PhD, Director of Research at Sainte-Justine, is delighted with the Foundation’s invaluable support for research. “I am convinced that cancer research findings will grow exponentially and that ever more personalized treatments will become available in the years to come, providing even more effective cures for our young patients,” he said.

Pierre Bruneau, the spokesman for the Foundation, mentions that thousands of children currently battling cancer are driven by the same hope once harboured by his son Charles, who passed away 28 years ago today. “Financing these major research projects represents another step towards fulfilling their cherished dream of a cure. We’re pleased to give these researchers the means to realize their ambitions, because we’re convinced that hope lies inevitably in research.”

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Sainte-Justine’s 3-fold strategy for pediatric cancer research – Highlights of the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau $1.5 M donation to fund equipment, projects and researchers in 2016

About the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

The Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau (the Foundation) has a mission to give all children with cancer the best chances of recovery. This year, the Foundation will mark its 25th anniversary. Proud to have established these specialized facilities, which are better adapted to the needs of families, the Foundation intends to make the most of its investments in the development of the research. Two objectives will serve to guide researchers: curing the 20% of children whose cancer is resistant to treatment, and improving the quality of life of children in remission so they can achieve a true cure, free of side-effects and complications. To find out more, please visit charlesbruneau.qc.ca.

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About the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center is a leading mother-child research institution affiliated with Université de Montréal. It brings together more than 200 research investigators, including over 90 clinician-scientists, as well as 380 graduate and postgraduate students focused on finding innovative prevention means, faster and less invasive treatments, as well as personalized approaches to medicine. The Center is part of CHU Sainte-Justine, which is the largest mother-child center in Canada and second most important pediatric center in North America.

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Marise Daigle, communications, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
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