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Dr. Jessica McAlpine: My Journey to a Career in Ovarian Cancer Research

Thanks for the invitation to be part of this blog and to share research discoveries from the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OVCARE).

I am a local girl: I was born in Vancouver (at Vancouver General Hospital) and both my parents and both sets of grandparents have lived in Vancouver for most of their lives. I did my undergraduate...

Introducing May Guest Blogger Dr. Jessica McAlpine

Warm thanks to Dr. Dan Renouf, for blogging in April and sharing the work he and his colleagues are doing to improve the treatment and care of pancreatic cancer for patients across the province.

It is my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger for May, Dr. Jessica McAlpine. Dr. McAlpine is a gynaecologic oncologist and translational researcher at the BC Cancer Agency and Director of the...

Happy New Year and Introducing January Guest Blogger Dr. Brian Toyota

Happy new year and welcome to the first blog post of 2014!

I want to begin by thanking December guest blogger Dr. Anna Tinker for taking us behind the scenes with the BC Cancer Agency’s ovarian cancer research team and the revolutionary SMART project.

We are pleased to welcome back a familiar face for January – neuro-oncologist Dr. Brian Toyota...

Future Endeavors for Cancer Research in British Columbia

Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed sharing some of my research endeavors with you. My colleagues and I hope that our work today will translate into meaningful benefits for our patients tomorrow. It is exciting to collaborate with so many motivated and gifted researchers who are all working towards creating better outcomes for cancer patients.

From cancer prevention, to the study of...

Advancing Cancer Research Through Philanthropy

Last week I promised to tell you about the members of the research teams I work with.

Many of you will know how lucky we are to have some of the best minds in cancer research working right here in B.C. The important BC Cancer Agency OvCaRe team is based in Vancouver, but with members across the entire province. Initially founded by Drs. Dianne Miller, David Huntsman and Blake Gilks,...

Dr. Anna Tinker: My Background in Cancer Medicine

I’m Dr. Anna Tinker and it is my pleasure to be a contributor on the BC Cancer Foundation blog.

I’ll start off by telling you a little bit about myself: I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. During the course of my education, I wandered between B.C. and Alberta several times. My bachelor’s degree is from the University of British Columbia and my medical degree is from Calgary. I also trained...

Introducing December Guest Blogger Dr. Anna Tinker

Hi everyone. First, thank you to Dr. Cheryl Ho for being our guest blogger in November and for sharing her insights in the future of lung cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency.  

Joining us to wrap up 2013 is Dr. Anna Tinker. Dr. Tinker is a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency and an expert in ovarian cancer. She also leads the SMART...

A Few Final Thoughts

A few final thoughts as I wrap up an enjoyable month of blogging . . . as I mentioned a couple of posts ago, the strength in OvCaRe begins with the generous nature of the team. I work with positive colleagues, and we’ve found that this is a recipe for success, and also encourages young people to get involved and consider a career in science.

What I am perhaps most proud of in my twenty...

The Link to Philanthropy & Recent Breakthroughs

In recent years, OvCaRe has matured to a degree where we’re quite successful in receiving grant funding. But grants only fund projects, not the many other essential things that keep us moving forward. This is where BC Cancer Foundation funding comes in.

We’ve seen tremendous support come in from the Underwear Affair and we’ve been able to leverage this funding to increase our success...

A Bit About OvCaRe

Today I’d like to share with you a bit of the history of the Ovarian Cancer Research program (OvCaRe), and how it occupies an important place in my day to day work.

OvCaRe was born in the VGH cafeteria just before Christmas 2000, when David Huntsman (who blogged here about his role as head of the program last summer),...


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