New collaboration between The Terry Fox Foundation and the International Agency for Research on Cancer strengthens cancer research training for Brazilian researcher

In a first-time collaboration, The Terry Fox Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered on a two-year, postdoctoral fellowship under the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The recipient is Dr. Ricardo Cortez Cardosa Penha of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, who recently joined IARC at their headquarters in Lyon, France. He will be conducting important work on Mutational signature analysis and prognostic factors within IARC’s Mutographs project.

“I am delighted to benefit from the support of The Terry Fox Foundation for my fellowship at IARC. This is a unique chance that will have long-lasting impacts on my research project and it will improve my skills as a researcher. I come from a country where scientists are struggling to carry on their research projects due to large cuts in science funding. Knowing that so many individuals have worked to raise these funds gives me the proper motivation and strength to take an active part in working towards IARC’s vision of a world free of preventable cancers.”, said Dr. Penha, in a recent video call with The Terry Fox Foundation. Prior to joining IARC, Dr. Penha held a postdoctoral position in oncology at the Brazilian National Cancer Institute, carrying out a project focused on the role of HMGA1 on esophageal adenocarcinoma treatment response.

Terry Fox helped to create a broader awareness about cancer, a sad reality all humans have in common, no matter where we live. For more than five decades, the IARC Fellowship Programme has contributed to the development of human resources for cancer research worldwide. These fellowships are for early career scientists from low-and-middle income countries and selection is driven solely by scientific excellence. This mirrors The Terry Fox Foundation’s ongoing commitment to fund the most promising research, and to assist talented young investigators early in their careers.

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