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Cancer researchers receive more than $700,000 in new funding


Three researchers working in the areas of identifying early indicators of colorectal cancer risk and genetic cause of the disease, and looking at the impact in Ontario of new clinical guidelines for treating head and neck cancers will receive more than $700,000 in new funding from the Canadian Cancer Society.

They are among 41 Ontario researchers to receive funding this year, including seven new lung cancer research grants sponsored by the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. These leading-edge cancer research projects bring the Society’s total investment in cancer research to almost $49 million in 2008.

Researchers receiving new funding include:

• Will King (Community Health and Epidemiology) will examine a measure of cell function called DNA methylation in blood and healthy colon tissue that may be useful as an early predictor of colorectal cancer risk

• Chris Mueller (Biochemistry) will begin a new line of work focusing on proteins that may prompt uncontrolled cell growth in colorectal cancer

• Stephen Hall (Otolaryngology) will assess the outcomes of new clinical guidelines for treating head and neck cancers with chemotherapy and radiation

“Right here in Kingston ground-breaking cancer research is happening,” says Cheryl Bird, Manager, Frontenac-Lennox & Addington, Canadian Cancer Society. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, we’re able to support local researchers and continue making progress in the fight against cancer.”

These grants to Queen’s researchers were selected through a rigorous national review process that awarded 76 new grants to researchers across the country announced by the Canadian Cancer Society today.

For more information or to arrange an interview with one of the researchers contact Communications Assistants Molly Kehoe,, 613.533.2877 or Alissa Clark,, 613.533.6000 ext 77513, Queen’s News & Media Services


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