Oct. 1, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - A $1-million investment was recently presented to the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute (ACRI) as part of a commitment by the Department of Health to invest $5 million in ACRI over the next five years. Health Minister Mary Schryer presented the funding on behalf of the provincial government.
"This investment has the potential to improve the health of cancer patients significantly through innovative developments in early detection and screening tools," said Schryer. "This funding will allow the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute to develop strategic partnerships with other important collaborators and to obtain other national research dollars from various research-funding organizations."
ACRI is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 and located at the Dr. Georges L. Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton. ACRI has become a leader in cancer research: it has an expert team of 35 people; and state-of-the-art facilities, including leading technologies in molecular and cellular biology, genomics and proteomics.
"This government is seizing the opportunity for better health care for New Brunswickers," said Premier Shawn Graham. "This support for high-quality research will attract the professionals we will need going forward as well as drive innovation and clinical improvements in our health-care system."
The mission of the ACRI is to find cures and effective treatments for cancer. It does so by fostering interdisciplinary research and by focusing scientific innovation on patient care while contributing to the training of future researchers.
"This type of commitment will go a long way to advance cancer research in the region," said Dr. Rodney Ouellette, chief executive officer of ACRI. "Our best ally in the fight against cancer is research. As research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, and as the breadth and scope of the questions addressed require the talents of individuals from many different backgrounds, this funding will help to continue building expert teams and infrastructure to tackle these questions."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536; Françoise Roy, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, 506-862-4221.