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Celebrating 10 years of meeting the cancer challenge — together.

10 Years of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

The Story Behind The Name

For more than two decades, researchers, clinicians, trainees, and staff in Calgary have been working together to meet the cancer challenge. A pivotal moment in our history took place in March 2014, when Mr. Arnold (Arnie) Charbonneau, a Calgary entrepreneur and philanthropist, donated significant funds to support the University of Calgary. 

This generous contribution fueled the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute's (SACRI) transformation into the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, setting the stage for a new era of innovation, collaboration, and meeting the cancer challenge. Over the past ten years, we seen this gift transform cancer research in Calgary by enabling growth in size, scope, and impact. 

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute has become a dynamic hub where scientists and clinicians converge to push boundaries. Our community of researchers and clinicians delve into many aspects of cancer research, including unraveling the mysteries of cancer biology, using big data to investigate and improve early detection methods, leveraging genomic knowledge for more precise treatment, and addressing the psychosocial and long-term effects of a cancer diagnosis. 

As the cancer research engine of the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine and the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Charbonneau Institute takes pride in our role as designers of progress. In the face of cancer's rise as the leading cause of death in Canada, we stand resilient. The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute envisions a future where our research not only transforms lives in Alberta but has a ripple effect beyond our borders.

Looking ahead, our vision is clear – moving closer to future less burdened by cancer. As we celebrate the accomplishments of the past decade, we eagerly anticipate the next chapter in our journey and meeting the cancer challenge – together.

Greg and Arnie

Dr. Greg Cairncross and Mr. Arnie Charbonneau in front of the newly installed naming plaque (2015)

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