Who is the National Breast Cancer Research Institute?
In Ireland, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Play in Pink Day’s help support the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, a national charity that funds a comprehensive research programme at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Research has improved the diagnosis, treatment options, and outcomes for those who develop the disease. By funding this research, we aim to positively impact future outcomes for breast cancer patients.
In collaboration with universities and hospitals across the globe, the breast cancer research team at the National University of Ireland, Galway focuses on areas including personalised medicine, breast regeneration, and innovative diagnostics and therapeutics.
The Charity raises funds for research from charity events, community-based fundraising, campaigns, and support from individuals and companies. the National Breast Cancer Research Institute rely entirely on voluntary contributions and do not receive direct government funding. To learn more about the charity visit: www.breastcancerresearch.ie
There are many organisations nationwide fundraising for breast cancer awareness, but the National Breast Cancer Research Institute role is important, as their funded research can help find the causes and factors that influence breast cancer and therefore help to develop effective screening, treatments and medication to combat it. Without research we will never find a cure.
Message from Prof. Michael Kerin, Research Director,
National Breast Cancer Research Institute
I am delighted that the Pink Ribbon Tour committee is continuing its support for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in young and middle aged women in Ireland and recent research has greatly changed how we improve the outcome from this disease. The charity is very active in several areas of breast cancer research. We have identified changes in genes that cause breast cancer; microRNAs that may be used to identify the type of breast cancer diagnosed; new imaging techniques and new treatment strategies. Your support allows us to fund the medical student Summer Research School, doctors taking time out from clinical practice to undertake postgraduate research degrees and senior researchers at NUI Galway. It also allows us to fund and develop an infrastructure from biobanking and clinical research. All of this work is patient-centred and is concentrated on individualising cancer treatment.
Prof. Michael J Kerin”