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Cancer research receives major funding boost from Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

September 23, 2014

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is providing $7 million in funding over four years to its Ontario Regional Biotherapeutics (ORBiT) Program led by Dr. John Bell. The program includes collaborators at the Childrenís Hospital of Eastern Ontario, McMaster University, NCIC Clinical Trials Group, and the University Health Network. The funds will be used to further promising research into oncolytic viruses, immunotherapies and oncolytic vaccine therapies, including a clinical trial evaluating the programís Maraba oncolytic vaccine platform. This is the second round of funding for the ORBiT Program, which initially received $10 million from the Government of Ontario in 2009. Oncolytic viruses and vaccines take advantage of the fact that cancer cells grow quickly and as a result have a weaker structure than normal cells, which makes them more susceptible to viral attacks. This means that virus-based treatments can be designed and targeted to harm just cancer cells and leave healthy cells unaffected. In this video, Dr. Bell provides more information about the funding and how it will be used. Read the OICR new release.

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