At Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, research is at the heart of everything we do

We’re one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, and Canada’s largest cancer research and treatment centre. We are creating new standards of care through a fierce commitment to research. Our scientists work tirelessly in the lab to bring their innovations directly to patients in our top-rated clinical trials program.


Our impact is global

We are the home of game-changing breakthroughs, such as the discovery of the stem cell and the T-cell receptor. These transformational discoveries have changed what the world knows about cancer. We have some of the most productive researchers in the world. They publish their findings in high-impact oncology journals at a prolific rate, shaping how other scientists think about cancer.

We are focused on the six most promising areas of cancer research. Our goal is to raise$50 million in new funding to accelerate discovery in these key areas.

 

The Princess Margaret

RESEARCH PRIORITIES

 

Priming the Immune System to Fight Cancer: IMMUNOTHERAPY
They say the best defence is a good offence. In Canada’s most comprehensive immunotherapy program, we’re looking for ways to boost the immune system so it can mount an attack on cancer.


Breaking the Code of Cancer:
CANCER GENOMICS, EPIGENETICS & BIOINFORMATICS
We’re collecting information about patient’s tumours to see all the ways cancer changes our genes. Using computing power to make sense of this big data, we can develop targeted treatments or, in some cases, reverse these changes.


Treating the Whole Patient: SUPPORTIVE CARE
We know that patients are more than their cancer. That’s why we’re global leaders in developing new ways to meet the unique needs of each and every patient across the continuum of care.

Getting the Complete Picture of Cancer: TUMOUR BIOLOGY AND IMAGING
We have access to new imaging technologies are opening the door to never-before-seen cancer targets that will help us personalize treatments. If we can see it, we can stop it.


Digging Deeper - Understanding Cancer Better & Developing New Drugs: BIO DISCOVERY & DRUG DEVELOPMENT
Cancer isn’t just one disease -- there are more than 200 different types of cancer. Our scientists are looking for weaknesses in every single tumour, so they can develop targeted drugs to exploit them.


Finding the Root of Cancer: 
STEM CELLS IN CANCER
The Princess Margaret has built stem cell research into what it is today. We discovered cancer stem cells don’t stop. Neither will we, until we figure out how to cut cancer off at the source.


Co-Chairs:  Lorraine & Neville Kirchmann


We are honoured to serve as Co-Chairs of the Research Campaign. As proud members of The Princess Margaret community for over 20 years, we’ve seen firsthand how far cancer research has come. Despite our success, there’s still a long way to go.
 
It’s hard to believe that nearly one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer will continue to touch our lives and impact those most important to us. But we’re not discouraged. We’re inspired to do what we can to support life-saving research at The Princess Margaret—and we hope you will join us.
 
In today’s research landscape, government support and grant funding is limited. Our researchers depend on philanthropy to fuel their innovations. Thankfully, they’re a sure fire return on investment: Princess Margaret researchers consistently leverage donor support so that the impact of every dollar invested in research is more than doubled!
 
Our $50 million goal will meet an urgent need, accelerating research at The Princess Margaret and offering real hope to cancer patients everywhere.
We look forward to sharing our progress with you.


For more information please contact: 416-946-2138 or  researchcampaign@thepmcf.ca