Researchers at the University of Malta will be benefiting from half a million Euro a year for the next five years, thanks to funds provided by the Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta. The Chairperson of this Foundation, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, said that the aim of the funds ties in with the vision of the Foundation to reduce the effect and burden of this disease on the population.
This Foundation was set up two years ago in partnership with the Malta Trust Foundation, the University of Malta and Fondazione Terzo Pilastro.
During the launch of the call for applications for research projects, Ms Coleiro Preca said that the money will be used to reduce the incidence of cancer, to improve treatment and to improve the quality of life of patients.
“We have very talented researchers but naturally it is not enough for them to be good because they need the means to carry out their research. One hopes that it will not be long before we have discoveries and even clinical trials which can benefit Maltese patients.”
The President Emeritus explained that these funds complement another investment of €2.5 million by means of which specialised equipment for scientists at the University was purchased.
The University Rector Professor Alfred Vella said that at the moment there are around 60 researchers between academics, doctors and students who work on cancer students at the University. He appealed to researchers to submit innovative proposals.
“It is important for people and groups of researchers to make proposals on how they can continue the research which they are carrying out in new directions and compete with one another for the sum they need.”
The Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation said that these funds will place Malta on the map for cancer research while efforts for collaboration with other research institutes in Europe and China are also being made.