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Cole Foundation injects $2.5 million to bolster leukemia research
Date:5/22/2009

This press release is available in French.

Montreal, May 22, 2009 - Canada has received new support to recruit some of its best minds in pediatric leukemia research, thanks to the Cole Foundation. The family foundation has generously pledged $2.5 million to support up-and-coming, Montreal-based researchers at the Universit de Montral, McGill University and the Universit du Qubec's Institut national de la recherche scientifique Institut Armand-Frappier. The Cole Foundation investment will include:

  • Two Cole Foundation Mid-Career Grants totalling $620,000, allotted over four years, to permit the Universit de Montral and McGill University to hire one scientist each.

  • Three Cole Foundation Transition Awards, for a total of $225,000, to allow the Institut Armand-Frappier, the Universit de Montral and McGill University and their affiliated medical research institutes to hire a postdoctoral researcher each for tenure-track or associate professor positions.

  • Some $572,000 to create a pediatric leukemia cell bank based at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center. In addition, the Cole Foundation will contribute $637,000 to allow the Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank to expand its operation and preserve adolescent leukemia cells that will be widely available to researchers.

Building on prior investments

This new support builds on the Cole Foundation's Fellowship Programme, which was created to encourage young researchers in search of a cure for pediatric leukemia and related diseases. This year, the Cole Foundation is injecting another $425,000 to propel the work of another 13 Cole Fellows. Since 2007, the Cole Foundation has generously funded some 31 post-doctoral and graduate research fellowships at the three institutions.

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Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca
514-343-7593
University of Montreal
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