Dr. Lucy Gilbert’s research team will receive $4 million in Genomics Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) funding to finalize the development of DOvEEgene (Detecting Ovarian and Endometrial cancers Early using genomics) — a screening test that could save thousands of lives every year in Canada and millions of lives worldwide.
“With the support of Genome Canada, Genome Québec and our Foundation, Dr. Gilbert and her team at the MUHC and McGill University are one step closer to making the DOvEEgene test a standard of care. This test represents a major advancement in the early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers, with the power to save the lives of countless women in Montreal, Quebec and across Canada,” notes Julie Quenneville, President, MUHC Foundation.
Fighting a silent killer
Together, endometrial and ovarian cancers affect about 10,000 women in Canada every year and are responsible for more than 3,000 deaths. Cure rates associated with these cancers have not changed in 30 years.
“Dr. Gilbert saved my life, and I am honoured to serve as Co-Chair of the fundraising campaign that will send the DovEEgene test to clinical trial and ultimately save the lives of women across the country,” says Joanne Photiades, ovarian cancer survivor and Co-Chair of the MUHC Foundation’s DovEEgene fundraising campaign. “The support of Genome Canada and Genome Quebec has been instrumental in the success of our campaign, and highlights in equal measure the devastating effects of these cancers and Dr. Gilbert’s dedication to fighting them.”
Thanks to our donors, we’ve raised $1.2 million and counting for the DOvEE Campaign. You too can help us stop the silent killer.