As a result of research, the life expectancy and quality of life for patients with WM has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. Today many WM patients are living with this disease for more than 25 years. It is not long ago the life expectancy was seven years from diagnosis. Research is making a difference.

The WMFC has supported research from its inception and to date, we have committed to granting over $1.2 Million in research funds.

The research projects are presented to the WMFC Board and a decision on supporting a project or projects is made after hearing the advice from the IWMF Scientific Committee.

Listed below are the research grants that the WMFC has undertaken that are currently active or total committed:

The support from the WMFC membership has been generous and impressive. For a small group of Canadians to have extensively funded WM research is something we should all be proud of especially because WMFC receives no Government support.

Date Amount Location Researcher Subject
2020-22 $260,000 Dana Farber Boston Hunter Multiomic Analysis of DNA, RNA and Epigenomic Networks in WM.
2019-20 $96,421 University Health Network Toronto Chen and Trudel Peripheral blood in diagnosis of WM
2019-20 $102,610 Dana Farber Boston Treon Epigenomic Roadmap of WM
2018-20 $263,095 Dana Farber Boston Carrasco Continuation of 2012-15 research
2018-22 $722,126 4 Projects
2012-15 $119,295 Dana Farber Boston Carrasco WM Mouse Model
2014-16 $163,970 BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Nielsen & Nelson Adoptive T-cell Therapy for WM
2009-11 $99,935 BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Nelson The Immune Response to WM
2005-07 $100,000 Alberta Cancer Board Edmonton Pilarski Genetic Characteristics of WM
2005-22 $1,205,326 Total Research Supported by WMFC 8 Projects

If you wish to see the details of WMFC’s Newest Project that it is supporting, please use the link below. If you wish to contribute to the project the WMFC is now supporting please, use the link below.

Dr Hunter’s Research Summary (PDF)

From the above chart, the WMFC has supported Projects at the Alberta Cancer Board in Edmonton, the BC Cancer Centre in Vancouver and currently, the University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto.

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Research in WM in Canada has been impressive considering our population and the rarity of WM.

The support from the WMFC membership has been generous and impressive. For a small group of Canadians to have extensively funded WM research is something we should all be proud of especially because WMFC receives no Government support.

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