Photo credit : Joey Vasquez

Montreal, September 18, 2017 – The eighth edition of the IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer took place on September 10, on Mount Royal’s north side. Participants biked on the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal circuit, ran and walked, raising $195,000 for cancer research and pushing the total of funds raised since the event’s creation in 2010 beyond the 2 million dollar mark.  

All donations will be invested in the IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer Fund and converted into graduate studies scholarships. The Institute welcomes two hundred students a year into its Master’s and Ph.D. programs specializing in cancer research. They are selected from a pool of applicants from all over the world according to the excellence of their academic record. Along with a research scholarship, they are provided with access to quality mentoring from principal investigators and to the use of eleven scientific core facilities at the leading edge of technology. Selected candidates collaborate with one of the IRIC’s 28 research units.

 

 

The inspiring story behind it all

The IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer Fund, as well as this event, is an initiative of Dr. Robert Patenaude. While a medical student at the Université de Montréal, Dr. Patenaude was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, an incurable cancer at the time. With only a few months left to live, he was offered a new treatment in the experimental stage which would ultimately cure him. The scientist behind this medical breakthrough is Dr. Claude Perreault, principal investigator at the IRIC and one of the Institute’s founders. As one of the first bone marrow transplant recipients in Canada and a witness to the momentous impact of research, Dr. Patenaude is committed to supporting research against cancer through sports. He is an emergency physician at the Centre hospitalier Honoré‑Mercier in Saint‑Hyacinthe.

 

Our valuable partners

The IRIC would like to acknowledge the support of its partners for the 2017 edition of the IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer: the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, the Université de Montréal, Gran Fondo Éco, and the Défis du Parc national de la Mauricie.

 

You can still make a donation

The IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer will continue to collect donations until December 1, 2017. To make a donation, please go to grandsdefisIRIC.ca. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

 

About the IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer Fund

Established in 2009, the IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer Fund aims to fund, among other things, two program scholarships to recruit and train the best young scientists in cancer research from around the world. The IRIC Next Generation Internship Awards are intended for undergraduate students who wish to do an internship at the IRIC so as to pursue graduate studies. The Perseverance Awards are for graduate level students in systems biology, alternating between theoretical learning and practical applications. 

 

About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC)

An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montréal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. The IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For more information: www.iric.ca/en/

 

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Source: Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal

 

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