Douglas Nelson
President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation

Blog Posts by Douglas Nelson

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Virtual Marathon for Medical Research: Supporting breast cancer research

This is a brief interruption to Dr. Aly Karsan’s blogging to share an interesting fundraising opportunity that is happening right now online—it’s a virtual race! The BC Cancer Agency has recently entered into the Virtual Marathon for Medical Research presented by the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC). It is a virtual race that will take place on December 11, 2011, where 10 different charities will race to win money for their cause; and each charity is represented by an avatar based on the likeness of a real person. One of our recent guest bloggers, Dr. Karen Gelmon , will...

Cancer Speak: November 4, 2011

I’m really excited about what’s to come with Dr. Aly Karsan’s posts, but I had to take this chance to talk about some timely stories that came out this week. According to new StatsCan data, cancer is now the leading cause of death in every province. It is clear that as a community—locally, provincially and nationally—we must become fully aware of the impact that cancer has on individuals and families. We must also understand that this statistic is not set in stone. We at the BC Cancer Foundation believe that a world free from cancer can be achieved through the partnership of philanthropy and...

Introducing Dr. Aly Karsan

Around the office at the BC Cancer Foundation we are still thrilled with the success of last week’s Inspiration Gala event. To those of you who attended or volunteered – thank you again for your support – we could not have raised over $1.5 million without you! Last week concluded Dr. Karen Gelmon’s guest blog posts – thank you Dr. Gelmon for sharing your experience at the BC Cancer Agency with us. It was interesting to learn about Phase I clinical trials and how you are involved in breast cancer research. Now we turn to November, and I would like to introduce our next guest blogger, Dr. Aly...

Inspiration Gala raises over $1.5 million to revolutionize cancer care in B.C.

Last night, our seventh Inspiration Gala proved to be an amazing evening. Thanks to the 400 guests who attended the Moroccan- and Indian-inspired event, we raised over $1.5 million to support the Personalized Medicine Project at the BC Cancer Agency – it was truly inspiring. I would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to our Inspiration Gala committee and chair, Monika Deol, for putting together such a successful and beautiful event. Our MC for the evening was nothing short of amazing as he – Peter Mansbridge of CBC – captivated the room with his stories and drew attention to...

Introducing Dr. John Spinelli

It’s that time of year again, where holidays are wrapping up and back to school is in the air. We certainly had a busy summer of events here at the Foundation and we are looking forward to what’s to come this fall. In the meantime, we have an interesting blog topic for you this month, shared by our next guest blogger Dr. John Spinelli, who will tell us about the BC Generations Project. Dr. Spinelli is a distinguished scientist and the department head of Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency. He has a different background from many of the other research scientists at the Agency...

Weekend to End Women’s Cancers

Just a small interruption of Dr. David Huntsman’s blogging to share some news from this past weekend... A total of 800 participants raised over $2 million for research into women’s cancers at the Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ ! On behalf of the BC Cancer Foundation, thank you to all the participants and supporters who made it an inspiring weekend. It was a two-day journey of hope, healing, celebration and optimism. As a walker myself, I know these feelings are what propel Weekend walkers to keep walking, and it is these feelings that will keep us committed to cancer...

Introducing our July guest blogger, Dr. Robert Olson

As many of you may know, the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North in Prince George is well underway and slated to open next year. It is an exciting expansion of enhanced patient care for the entire province of B.C. While the centre is being built, the BC Cancer Agency is forming the team of Doctors and clinicians who will begin working there. The first radiation oncologist to join the roster is Dr. Robert Olson, and I am excited to introduce him to you as this month’s guest blogger. Dr. Olson will tell us why he joined the BC Cancer Agency, how he is preparing for the transition into the new...

Discovery Day and introducing Dr. Calum MacAulay

There are two exciting things to share with you this month. We have a new guest blogger, Dr. Calum MacAulay, and later this month is our inaugural Discovery Day event on June 21, 2011. Dr. MacAulay will share his experience as a research scientist in the BC Cancer Agency’s Integrative Oncology department. The work that Dr. MacAulay is a part of is truly fascinating, and focuses largely on early cancer detection and developing devices to do so. He has a great way of explaining what he does, and I hope you find it interesting too. Before I hand over the reins to Dr. MacAulay, I invite you to...

Introducing Dr. Gerry Krystal

With the turn to each new blogger, I always get a little excited about learning the story of the featured blogger. This month is no exception. With his cross-Atlantic and cross-continent adventures, Dr. Gerry Krystal will provide you posts that are both entertaining and informative. Dr. Krystal has had a very successful career as a researcher at the BC Cancer Agency and he continues to push boundaries of knowledge with his recent discoveries into how our diet interacts with the growth and spread of cancer. Thank you for reading, Douglas

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