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Hello from Dr. Brad Nelson and Introducing the Immunotherapy Clinical Trials Team

Hi everyone, I’m very pleased to be returning to the BC Cancer Foundation blog for the month of October! This time around, I wanted to introduce some of my colleagues who will be leading the upcoming immunotherapy clinical trials at the BC Cancer Agency, so you can see how this world-class team of scientists and technicians are coming together to make immunotherapy clinical trials a reality for cancer patients in B.C. After 12 years of research, our DRC team is joining forces with experts at the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre and clinical colleagues at the BC Cancer Agency...

Introducing October Guest Bloggers: The Immunotherapy Clinical Trials Team

Thank you to our September guest blogger Dr. Will Lockwood for sharing the work he is doing to improve therapies for British Columbians facing lung cancer. I’m very pleased to introduce our guest bloggers for October, the immunotherapy clinical trials team! This month, we will be hearing from a talented group of scientists and clinicians about the work they are doing to prepare for upcoming immunotherapy clinical trials at the BC Cancer Agency. I hope you will join me in reading their blog posts throughout the month. Lou

The Future of Lung Cancer Research

The future of lung cancer research is truly exciting! From therapies harnessing the power of the immune system to attack tumours to the novel methods of early detection, innovative ways to reduce lung cancer mortality are already showing up in the clinic. While my lab is involved in these fields, one area I am particularly interested in is identifying new targets for combination-based therapies in lung cancer. By understanding patterns of genes that are deregulated in lung tumours, we hope to develop therapies that inhibit multiple genes at once to stop the growth of cancer cells in patients...

How Philanthropy Fuels Cancer Research

BC Cancer Foundation donors have been vital in establishing my research lab and the projects that my group currently has underway. When I was reaching the end of my postdoctoral fellowship and looking for job opportunities as an independent investigator, I didn’t think that coming back to B.C. would be a possibility. Although I had a very novel skill set and research platform, I was told that it was unlikely that institutions in Canada would provide the resources necessary to support such a program. I was interviewing throughout the United States and had received offers from large...

Creating a Lab for Lung Cancer Research

I started in May of 2014 as a Scientist in the Department of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre. As opposed to my previous training positions, this role is fully independent, which means it involved setting up my own laboratory with graduate students and other trainees that conduct research under my supervision. Although it was quite a daunting process to get things up and running, I was able to hire some very bright and energetic people that made the transition much easier. I now have four students and a technician in the lab, all of whom are fierce workers making...

From Student to Scientist

Back when I was a student, Dr. Wan Lam had a new group that was pioneering a cutting-edge technology to enable the first comprehensive assessment of the genetic alterations that drive cancer development. Soon, I was spending my nights and weekends at the lab and after finishing my undergraduate degree, I started my PhD with Wan as my supervisor. It was during this time that I became involved in lung cancer research, mainly due to the outstanding collaborative group at the BC Cancer Agency that consists of researchers, oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and respirologists and is led by Dr...

Dr. Will Lockwood: Developing a Passion for Cancer Research

Hi, my name is Will Lockwood and I am a scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. My path to a career in cancer research has been more straightforward than most, but was aided by the mentorship and support of many people. I am a B.C. boy through and through, born and raised in Kamloops. As with most kids, school—science in particular—was the last thing on my mind; hockey and lacrosse were my main obsessions. All that changed when my mom went back to school to become a nurse. As she talked about the things she learned in class—and through reading her textbooks—I became fascinated by science and human...

Hello from Lou Del Gobbo and Introducing September Guest Blogger

Hello everyone, I’m Lou Del Gobbo, Interim President & CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, and I’m very pleased to introduce our September guest blogger. Before I share what’s coming up this month on the blog, I want to extend a warm thank you to outgoing BC Cancer Foundation President & CEO Doug Nelson for his leadership over the past six years and wish him all the best as he embarks on an exciting new role in San Francisco. Doug leaves behind an enormous list of accomplishments and has positioned the BC Cancer Foundation for continued success in the future. I am honoured to lead our...

Farewell from Douglas Nelson, President & CEO

This past weekend, 2,087 cyclists joined us on the seventh annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, raising an incredible $8.4 million for cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency. The Ride is a true example of the power British Columbians have to change the way the world thinks about cancer – thank you to all our participants and supporters for your incredible commitment! ~ It has been my pleasure and privilege to lead the BC Cancer Foundation over the past six years, through seven inspiring Rides , many research breakthroughs, countless fundraising goals achieved, and tens of...

Understanding the Experiences of Oral Cancer Patients

This year, in addition to tackling yet-to-be-solved problems through research, we commenced the Patient Support Initiative (PSI) . Understanding the experiences of oral cancer patients and their caregivers is key to making recommendations for a change in standard management or policy in the health care system. We expect PSI to play multiple roles: To encourage newly-diagnosed oral cancer patients to positively face this disease and overcome it by educating them on the process of treatment and recovery; To empower clinicians through knowledge translation, such as continuing education via...

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