Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

August 26, 2009 11:13 ET

New Brain Tumour Research Fellowship Launches

Attention: Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor LONDON, ONTARIO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2009) - Supporting research into the potential causes of and cures for brain tumours is often great motivation for patients and families to get involved, to donate funds or time or to raise awareness about brain tumours. For William "Bill" Nash, a dairy farmer from Ingersoll, Ontario who was diagnosed with a brain tumour 1992, this was particularly true. Bill was so committed to advancing research that he committed a portion of his future estate to the goal of a fellowship program targeting brain research.

Sadly Bill passed away in 2007. Now, two years later and with the support of Bill's family, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is proud to announce the launch of the William Donald Nash Brain Tumour Research Fellowship. This opportunity will encourage and enable young clinicians and scientists from across Canada to enter the field of brain tumour research and will accelerate studies leading to a cure for brain tumours.

According to Bill's cousin Vince Nash, "Bill certainly wanted a cure for brain tumours to be discovered and he understood the importance of research and youth mentorship to that goal." Bill's support for young people extended to the employment he offered on his dairy farm. Because of this specific interest in involving young people, the family worked to ensure that Bill's gift included a learning aspect and also paid homage to the medical care he received. Vince notes, "Bill had a sincere appreciation for his caregivers and doctors who helped him through his journey with his brain tumour."

The importance of fellowships is highlighted by Dr. Penny Costello, Ph.D. Dr. Costello launched her current research program that focuses on individualized chemotherapy with the support of a fellowship and is excited by the possibility of new educational prospects." Opportunities such as the William Donald Nash Fellowship are key to enabling young clinicians and scientists to enter research fields with a specialty focus," she says. "This fellowship is sure to appeal to young scientists looking to explore the possible causes of and treatments for brain tumours."
Phyllis Retty, Chair of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's Research Committee says, "One of the goals of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is to find a cure for brain tumours and to improve the quality of life for those affected and this fellowship will help make this a reality." The importance of fellowships to increasing research capacity was identified by the 2008 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Research Think Tank attended by health care professionals from across Canada.

Fellowship Details:

This new fellowship will be offered over ten years by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in keeping with the organization's vision and in recognition of the critical need for increased focus on brain tumour research. The fellowship runs for two years and includes annual funds, to cover salary and lab expenses, of $50,000. A new candidate will be chosen every two years starting in January 2010.

Applications are now available directly from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at The deadline for application is the beginning of January 2010 and announcements for the Fellowship Program will be made by mid-April 2010. Research work is expected to commence July 1, 2010.
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Contact Information

  • A. Paul Mitchell, Community Relations Officer, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 519-642-7755 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-265-5106