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Dr. Julian Lum: Giving Immune Cells an Advantage

Hello, I’m Dr. Julian Lum and I’m delighted to return as a BC Cancer Foundation blogger.

I’ve been a scientist at the Deeley Research Centre (DRC) since 2008 and am also an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Victoria. I began my career in the field of translational HIV/AIDS immunology research, and subsequently moved to doing...

Providing Vital Infrastructure for Immunotherapy Clinical Trials

Hello, my name is Siao Yong and I am the laboratory coordinator at the Deeley Research Centre. I’ve been with the DRC since 2005, beginning as a researcher and then moving to the administrative team in 2007.

I first became interested in cancer research while seeing coverage of an Ebola outbreak and knew that I wanted to work with infectious diseases. I was lucky enough to work in a...

Inside the Histology Lab with Katy Milne

Hello, I’m Katy Milne and I am a Research Assistant at the Deeley Research Centre (DRC). I started working here in 2003 when the DRC was just starting up – things have really changed over the past 12 years!

Like most, I have known too many people with cancer. Because I’ve always found the human body fascinating, immunotherapy was a perfect fit for me - I think of it as our way of giving...

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...

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...

Coming to Canada to Train in Radiation Oncology

I chose to come to Canada for many reasons. I didn’t need to do much research to find out that Canadian universities are among the best internationally and have a strong reputation for high quality. Needless to say, peace, stability and multiculturalism also attracted me to this country. I wanted to do training in oncology and I landed in Montreal with my husband in the winter of 2003. It was...

Celebrating the Achievements of Vancouver Island Medical Physicists

All good things must come to an end and so it has for my short month as the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger! I have enjoyed telling you about where I come from and what I do at the BC Cancer Agency.

I thought for this final post I would let you know of some of the medical practice changes that have been implemented because of our research work in Victoria - I am very proud of our...

How BC Cancer Foundation Donors Support Research on Vancouver Island

Hello again! This week I want to tell you about how BC Cancer Foundation donors have supported our research. While I will focus on how this has happened in Victoria, donors have helped across the province in all six BC Cancer Agency centres.

In 2002, an important commitment was made by the BC Cancer Foundation to support the salary of a medical physicist for two years. The Department of...

Care and Research: Providing the Best Available Therapies for Patients Today

Welcome back! After giving you a sense last week of where I’ve come from and how I’ve ended up in B.C. I thought I would let you know what I currently do at the BC Cancer Agency.

I am very privileged to be the overall lead for the medical physics group at the BC Cancer Agency. I have been doing this since 2004. There are about 50 medical physicists working in the BC Cancer Agency's six...

Dr. Wayne Beckham: My Path to a Career in Medical Physics

Hello everyone, I’m pleased to have been asked to be this month’s guest blogger (I’ve never been an official blogger before!).

I grew up in a town in New Zealand called Rotorua, in the middle of the North Island. At that time, Rotorua had a population of around 45,000 comprising around 50% native Polynesian (Maori) and 50% of European descent. This is a much higher proportion of native...


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