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Culturing T Cells for Clinical Trials

Hello, my name is Victoria Hodgson and I’m very pleased to be blogging this month! Currently, I work as a research assistant at the Deeley Research Centre (DRC) for the upcoming T cell adoptive therapy clinical trials. I joined the team in March 2015 following the completion of my degree in Biochemistry at the University of Victoria. Before coming to the DRC, I conducted research for Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada and industry in Japan. My passion for health and wellness extends beyond my clinical duties and I work as a fitness and first aid instructor. When immunotherapy clinical trials...

Dr. John Webb: Manufacturing T Cells for Immunotherapy Clinical Trials

Hello everyone, my name is Dr. John Webb and I’m the senior project leader for the upcoming immunotherapy clinical trials at the BC Cancer Agency. As project leader, I will direct the manufacturing of T cells for immunotherapy clinical trials – this includes designing, overseeing and implementing immunotherapy for use with patients in the clinic. My interest in cancer research began with graduate training at the University of British Columbia, after which I spent several years working in both academia and industry where I developed an interest in the immunotherapy of cancer. I joined the...

Dr. Anna Tinker: Enrolling Patients in Immunotherapy Clinical Trials

Hello, I’m Dr. Anna Tinker and like Dr. Nelson, I’m happy to be returning to the BC Cancer Foundation blog this month, to share with you our plans for upcoming immunotherapy clinical trials. As a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency, I’ll be working closely with the DRC team and also with patients, to enroll those eligible and willing to take part in a phase I immunotherapy trial. After Dr. Nelson’s team extracts the patient’s T cells and supercharges them to identify cancer in the body, the T cells will be administered back into the patient through an IV infusion. Our goal is for the T...

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...

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