June 8, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $1 million in the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute (ACRI) as part of a commitment by the Department of Health to invest $5 million to ACRI over five years. Local Government Minister Chris Collins made the announcement today.
"This investment has the potential to improve the health of cancer patients significantly through innovative developments in early detection and treatment," said Collins. "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."
Collins was speaking on behalf of Health Minister Mary Schryer.
Cancer research is a key component of the New Brunswick Cancer Network's strategy to reduce the burden of cancer in the province.
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 Collins. "This support for high-quality research will attract the professionals whom 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.
"We are reminded daily that cancer occurrence and mortality rates for Atlantic Canadians are significantly higher than for residents of other regions," said Dr. Rodney Ouellette, president and scientific director, ACRI. "This type of investment is imperative to continue to build the research capacity in our region, and it greatly contributes to our ability to generate the knowledge to better detect, diagnose and treat cancer."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536; Françoise Roy, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, 506-862-4221.