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Dr. Bryam Bridle receives Terry Fox Grant to Help Dogs, Humans with Bone Cancer

A University of Guelph professor who as a child was inspired by Terry Fox to study cancer has received a $450,000 grant from the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), the research arm of the Terry Fox Foundation.

Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist in the Department of Pathobiology, will test an innovative vaccine in the first-ever canine osteosarcoma clinical trial, to take place in the Ontario Veterinary College’s Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer.

Osteosarcoma is the type of bone cancer that cut short Fox’s cross-Canada Marathon of Hope in 1980. This year marks the 35th anniversary of that run, and it’s the first time the Terry Fox Foundation has supported research at a veterinary school, said Malcolm Campbell, U of G’s vice-president (research).

“This is a great honour for the University of Guelph and our Ontario Veterinary College,” said Campbell.

“This exciting partnership will allow our cancer researchers to push the boundaries of knowledge. University of Guelph researchers will collaborate on novel therapies for treating osteosarcoma in dogs — work that will provide new insights into treating the disease in people.”

Bridle is among six national researchers to receive Terry Fox New Investigator Awards this year.

Read the full story in the Univerisity of Guelph news release.