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Lung Cancer Research and the Role of the BC Cancer Foundation

Funds raised through the BC Cancer Foundation have played a significant role in the work of the lung cancer research team that I am part of, which includes my supervisors Dr. Wan Lam and Dr. Stephen Lam and my fellow students. In the early days of the Wan Lam Lab, the Foundation provided start up funds that allowed the lab to develop new technologies to study the molecular genetics contributing to different forms of lung cancer. In 2011, I was fortunate to receive the Betty Rice Award (awarded through the Foundation), a scholarship donated by the Rice family that is awarded to medical...

The BC Cancer Research Centre: A Great Team

Being a graduate student at the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre is a great experience. Our lab is located on the 9th floor and is an open, spacious work place with large windows (shaped like Petri dishes!) One of the many benefits of working at the Research Centre is having access to the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, where I often go to listen to talks and learn about cutting-edge research happening in the building as well as by internationally-renowned scientists from all over the world. Once a year, I present my own work to my peers and mentors. Despite being a somewhat nerve...

Kelsie Thu: Lung Cancer Research from a Student's Perspective

Hello all! Thank you very much for the invitation to participate in the BC Cancer Foundation blog. My name is Kelsie and I am a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Wan Lam where we do lung cancer research. My interest in science developed during elementary school in Maple Ridge where I grew up. My first mentor was my gym teacher: a very enthusiastic, active woman who taught my class how our hearts pump blood through our bodies. I remember being totally fascinated and looking forward to each gym class to learn about how the body works. When she passed away from cancer a few years later, it...

Introducing Kelsie Thu

Hi everyone, First, I’d like to say thank you to Dr. Miller for her insightful posts on the bright future of ovarian and gynecologic cancer research. The success of the OvCaRe program reflects the strength of the partnership of philanthropy and research, and it is wonderful to hear about the world-class developments happening right here in B.C. One topic that Dr. Miller touched on in her final post is the importance of the up and coming generation of B.C. researchers: our next guest blogger, Kelsie Thu, is one of these young leaders. Kelsie is an award-winning graduate student in...

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 years at the BC Cancer Agency is seeing the amazing talent among our up and coming junior colleagues —they’re really going to do some spectacular things in the years to come! I’m currently working with a young...

Hopes for the Future of Gynecologic Cancer Research

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, one of B.C.’s greatest strengths is the work that is being done in genomics, and we’re thrilled that the scientists at the GSC allow us to continue to “play in their sandbox,” so to speak! Our work with the GSC has led to some strong potential targets, and now is the time for us to venture into development of new, more targeted, less invasive therapies to help patients lead longer, healthier lives. Ten years from now, I hope our predictions will be correct and we will start seeing a reduction in the incidence of ovarian cancer. My second hope for the...

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 with grants. In addition, there have been some wonderful individuals who believe in our work and have provided generous funding to target a specific research initiative that might not have otherwise been explored...

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), Blake Gilks and I sat down to discuss what we wanted an ovarian cancer research program to look like. Looking back, it was great to have the contrasting perspectives of a geneticist, gynecologic oncologist and pathologist. Together, we shared a vision for a program that would be...

The BC Cancer Agency: A Great Place to Work

I’m lucky to love the work I do. International metrics show that we are providing excellent care for ovarian cancer patients here in B.C., and I’m so proud that the BC Cancer Agency has some of the best outcomes in the world for ovarian cancer, a significant area of our translational research. I believe that the best clinical care occurs when you combine it with translational research, allowing new findings to move from bench to bedside quickly. This structure also promotes a culture of working toward the best outcomes. I feel that we’ve done this very well in B.C. and it shows! When you work...

Hello from Dianne Miller

Thanks for that intro, Doug. I’m very pleased to be the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger for the month of July and to share with you a bit about my work as the Head of Gynecologic Oncology and with OvCaRe at the BC Cancer Agency. I was born in Princeton, B.C. and because my father was in the mining industry, our family moved around to several B.C. towns during my youth. I spent my elementary school years in Greenwood (a town that recently won an award for the best drinking water in the world!) and attended Boundary Central High School in Midway before moving to Vancouver. I graduated from...

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