UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 12 | August
Centre to train young cancer researchers
Facility aimed at attracting the best and brightest
Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in prostate
cancer research now have greater opportunity, thanks to a three-year
$600,000 grant for a new training and education centre.
Awarded by the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative, the
grant will help create a comprehensive training program at the Prostate
Centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). It will be one of only
two such centres in Canada.
"This funding is a testament to the excellence of prostate research
in B.C.," says dean of Medicine Dr. John Cairns. "Our young researchers
will benefit enormously from the opportunity of working with world-class
Over the next three years, the centre will train five clinical
research fellows, three post-doctoral fellows, three graduate students
and will provide funding for four medical student summer fellowships.
Funding for the new centre will be matched by various sources and
by the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, creating a
total of $1.2 million in support.
"Many of our best and brightest move to the U.S. because of the
perceived superiority of facilities there," says Martin Gleave,
a professor of Surgery who will co-direct the new training centre
with Dr. Michael Cox, an assistant professor of Surgery. "This centre
is a significant step in encouraging scientists to develop their
education and careers in Canada."
About 17,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Canada
annually, making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian
men and the second leading cause of male cancer death after lung
The Prostate Centre at VGH investigates new procedures and technologies
aimed at prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education.