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Tuesday, January 23 2018

A CCS-Quebec Division/Mont Gabriel Summit Research Fund (Cole Foundation) for Dr. Elie Haddad

MONTRÉAL, January 23, 2018 - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce the results of the CCS-Quebec Division/Mont Gabriel Summit Research Fund (Cole Foundation) Grants competition. This program is a partnership between the CCS Quebec Division and the Cole Foundation and its partners, to fund research grants in the area of pediatric and young adult leukemia and lymphoma research. 

Dr. Elie Haddad at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center received $750,00 over a 3-year term for his project "Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) therapy in hematopoietic stem cells: an innovative treatment strategy in lymphoblastic leukemia". Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) therapy is an innovative type of immunotherapy where a patient’s own immune cells are trained in the lab to be better cancer-fighting “soldiers,” before they are injected back into the body to mount an attack. Dr. Elie Haddad and his team will develop a variation on this approach, training stem cells instead of immune cells in the blood to attack cells from the most common cancer in children – acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These stem cells could replenish the army of soldier cells indefinitely – a promising new idea for how to eliminate blood cancers.

CCS-Quebec Division/Mont Gabriel Summit Research Fund (Cole Foundation) Grants have been approved – 27% of all proposals received. Grants are valued at up to $750,000 over a 3-year term representing an investment of almost $2.8 million. Funded Grant Summaries

Significant contributors to the Cole Foundation Fund are: the Molson Foundation, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation, Birks Family Foundation, Letko Brosseau – WCPD Foundation, Université de Montréal, Trottier Foundation, Maryse & William Brock Chair, Power Corp, Fondation CHU Sainte Justine, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation, the Zeller Family Foundation, Drummond Foundation, the David Laidley Foundation and the Henry & Berenice Kaufmann Foundation.

About the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

The 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 450 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 the CHU Sainte-Justine, which is the largest mother-child centre in Canada and second pediatric center in North America. More on research.chusj.org

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