The Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology delivers excellence and leadership in four pillars: (i) education and training of the next generation of cancer specialists and researchers; (ii) conducting world-class, cutting-edge cancer research to better understand, prevent, and treat the disease and its sequelae; (iii) engagement with the broader scientific community, policymakers and the community at large; and (iv) advancement of all aspects of care of individuals with cancer.
The Department is involved in introducing the field of oncology to medical students and has residency training programs in medical, radiation and surgical oncology. In addition, we are developing a multidisciplinary graduate program in oncology with phase 1 already complete: a new Graduate Diploma in Oncology and six new courses we created for the program. We will continue with phase 2, the development of an MSc thesis program in oncology, and ultimately with phase 3, a PhD program in oncology.
Through the Department’s various divisions and programs, our members conduct research in 8 domains, as follows: (i) Basic research focusing on understanding at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels the development and growth of tumours; (ii) Translational research for the development and testing of novel therapeutics and understanding drug resistance; (iii) Phase I, II and III clinical research studies testing the efficacy of new cancer treatment therapies; (iv) Radiation physics studies to improve the delivery of radiotherapy; (v) Genetic studies of inherited susceptibility to cancer; (vi) Epidemiologic studies of cancer etiology, prevention, and prognosis; (vii) Research aimed at improving the emotional well-being and quality of life of cancer patients and their families, and managing pain and other symptoms of the disease; (viii) Research on processes for continued improvements in the quality and cost-effectiveness of cancer care. Research findings are shared with the broader research community through publications in scientific journals and presentations at local, national and international conferences. In addition, many of our members are active on provincial, national and international committees which help shape cancer policies.
Collectively our Department members have a vast knowledge of the many complexities of cancer and many share this knowledge to the general public through media interviews and public lectures.
Despite much progress, cancer continues to be a reality. Half of all Canadians and Quebecers will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. The other half will have to care for a loved one struck by this disease. We must soldier on! Our mission is to train cancer care specialists of the future and do research to better understand the disease so that we can prevent it and continue to improve patient outcomes. Educating the next generation of healthcare professionals and scientists and carrying out relevant research are expensive endeavours whose needs greatly exceed our resources. Please consider donating to our meritorious mission of cancer education and research.
Eduardo Franco, O.C., MPH, DrPH, PhD (Hon), FRSC, FCAHS
James McGill Professor
Minda de Gunzburg Chair in Oncology
Chair, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology
Making a donation
If you wish to support the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology at McGill University in its ongoing research on the cause, prevention and treatment of cancer as well as its teaching/training initiatives, a donation is an appropriate way to do so.
In memoriam donations are made if the donor wishes to honour the memory of a family member, friend or colleague who has passed away.
In honour donations are made if the donor would like to honour major milestone life events such as anniversaries, birthdays, retirements etc.
How can I make a donation?
Several convenient methods are offered to you. Click here to access the online donation form.
To make your donation by check, please make the check payable to McGill University - Fund 170741 and mail it to:
Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology
Office of the Chair
5100 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Suite 720
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3T2
If you would prefer to make a cash donation, please deliver your gift of cash in person to the address above. Please do not send cash in the mail.
To use your credit card to make a donation, please call the Department Chair's office at 514-398-2264 and make your donation over the phone.
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Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank You!