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Igniting the Discovery Spark through Movember research funding

July 17, 2013

TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Prostate Cancer Canada is dedicated to
supporting prostate cancer researchers on the verge of an early-stage
research breakthrough with the Movember Discovery Grants program. This program allows both junior investigators at the start of
their research career and more established investigators to pursue new
important directions in prostate cancer research. Each recipient of the
Movember Discovery Grant will receive up to $200,000 in funding over a
two-year term.

This year, we are pleased to announce that 40 grant recipients have been funded. Prostate Cancer Canada saw a 23% increase in the
number of applications received, with a total funding envelope of close
to $8 million in support of innovation. With the addition of the
Movember Discovery Grant funds, Prostate Cancer Canada has more than
quadrupled mission investment since last year.

“What is particularly remarkable about the grant recipients this year is
the breadth of topics covered. For example, for the first time ever,
research grants studying survivorship have been funded. This highlights
the importance of improving quality of life for survivors,” says Rocco
Rossi, President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada.

This year also saw a more geographically varied pool of recipients, with
funding flowing outside of established centres of prostate cancer
research. The spread in the funding allocation indicates that talented
investigators from across the country are choosing to specialize in
prostate cancer research.

“It is the enthusiasm and dedication of Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas
that allows for the funding of vital research like the Movember
Discovery Grants,” comments Pete Bombaci, National Director, Movember
Canada. “It is one idea, one spark, that can help make a large scale
impact on prostate cancer and we are honoured that Mo dollars raised
from coast to coast are helping to make this happen.”

The Movember Discovery Grants epitomize innovation in prostate cancer
research and focus on a broad range of topics, from basic biological
science to population health. To keep up-to-date on research progress,
visit us at prostatecancer.ca or follow us on social media.

Thank You to Movember

PCC would like to recognize the Movember Foundation as the sole funder
of this program this year. For information about additional prostate
cancer research underway, visit prostatecancer.ca.

About Prostate Cancer Canada

Prostate Cancer Canada raises funds for the development of programs
related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those
affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and
cure of prostate cancer.  For more information visit prostatecancer.ca and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of
moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world.
With their Mo’s, these Mo Bros and supporting Mo Sistas raise vital
funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Since its inception as a
charity event in 2004, over 2 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have raised
almost $300 M for its causes with official Movember campaigns taking
place in 21 countries. For more information, please visit movember.com@movemberCAfacebook.com/movembercanada or contact mediaca@movember.com.

SOURCE Prostate Cancer Canada

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