On Monday, The Cancer Foundation announced they had received a record donation of 17 million euros for the fight against cancer. They received it during the Grants 2014 ceremony in Brussels, in front of Queen Mathilde. “The economic crisis and scale economies threaten research funding. Cancer Foundation donators help”, says its director general Luc Van Haute, when announcing the biggest donation in the Foundation’s 90 year history.
The 17 million donated will be shared between 67 research teams and 8 laureates, who will get post-doctoral mandates. These eight doctors will combine a medical career at a university and a part-time research job for 5 years, the Foundation said.
Every two years, the Cancer Foundation launches a project appeal, the Grants, for fundamental, clinical and transitional research. The latter insures a link between fundamental research, centered on understanding the mechanisms that cause cancer, and clinical research, centered on the patient. This year, the priority was given to treating cancers linked to asbestos. It got a donation of 1,5 million euros.
The Cancer Foundation has also expressed its fears about the continuation of the cancer plan put in place by the previous federal government. The cabinet of the health minister Maggie De Block said its implementation was not being debated.