Dr. Mads Daugaard awarded the 2014 Safeway Rising Star Grant

Date Posted: 
2014-07-08

Vancouver, BC – July 8, 2014 – British Columbia’s researchers are  internationally renowned for their cutting-edge work in prostate cancer research, and their win streak continues with Prostate Cancer Canada’s (PCC) announcement of a new $450,000 research grant to Dr. Mads Daugaard, a senior research scientist with the Vancouver Prostate Centre.

Daugaard Rising Star award

From left to right: Mike Nash (VP Retail Operations Safeway/Sobeys), Sherry Lee, Dr. Mads Daugaard (Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre, Assistant Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences UBC), Rocco Rossi (PCC CEO), Dr. Graeme Boniface (COO VPC), Chris Kedong Wang, Dr. Nader Al Nakouzi

The 2014 Safeway Rising Star in Prostate Cancer Research Award, funded via an in-store fundraising and awareness campaign at Safeway grocery stores across Western Canada, acknowledges emerging leaders in prostate cancer research.  The work supported by this grant will help identify a new approach to more effectively diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

Dr. Daugaard’s research looks at a sugar structure known as CSA, high levels of which have been associated with prostate cancer.  Dr. Daugaard’s team has developed methods to target and use this sugar to help detect prostate cancer. They will also test to see if the technique can be used to send medicine directly to the prostate cancer tumor.

 “I’m honoured to be receiving this award from Prostate Cancer Canada. It’s incredibly important to young researchers, like myself, to have support. With this research, I hope to be able to add a useful tool to the diagnosis process, as well as a new way to help deliver prostate cancer treatment,” says Dr. Daugaard.

The Safeway Rising Star Award helps research scientists in the initial five years of their first academic or research appointment to help them develop and conduct prostate cancer research.

“Safeway is proud to support talented young researchers like Dr. Daugaard and his team’s innovative prostate cancer research,” says Chuck Mulvenna, President, Safeway Operations, Sobeys Inc.  “Together with our generous employees and customers, critical support is provided to help the brightest minds in research as they pursue a cure for the most common cancer affecting Canadian men.”

“It’s important to provide the support to researchers during the early stages of their career,” says Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. “We are grateful for our partner Safeway and their dedication to prostate cancer research. Dr. Daugaard’s work is just one of many examples of the great research that is being carried out across the country to help to save more lives.”

Grants awarded by Prostate Cancer Canada like the Safeway Rising Star Award are selected following rigorous review by panels of experts to ensure that only the most promising and highest quality research is funded. These grants provide researchers with the ability to find ways to improve diagnosis, make treatment more effective and continue the search for a cure.

Click here to see a video of Dr. Daugaard discussing his research and this award (YouTube opens in a new window).

About Prostate Cancer Canada

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men, impacting one in seven men over the course of their lifetime. Prostate Cancer Canada funds critical 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 Sobeys Inc.

Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 107 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 124,000 people. The company’s goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found atwww.sobeyscorporate.com.

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The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

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