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Starting my research at the BC Cancer Agency

I applied for an NCI-C Fellowship while at the University of California at Irvine and was invited by Dr. Lloyd Skarsgard to come up for an interview at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. After the interview, he encouraged me to come to the Agency after my post-doc stint (I got the Fellowship!) I knew I wanted to come back to Canada and settle by the ocean so I didn’t even apply to any other cancer research centres. I drove up to Vancouver with a scrawny, stray Siamese cat that adopted me in California. I named him Brutus to encourage him to get bigger (which he did!) and bought a house in...

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

Looking ahead: Proud to be a partner in discovery

I am now in a leadership role where my time is half administration and half clinical practice. The latter allows me to still test medical hypotheses through clinical research and to still see patients most days of the week, which I love. I got into oncology because of the connection with patients and would hate to lose that. What I like about being in a leadership role is that I can contribute to improving the care for today and for tomorrow. In my role, I help enable the oncologists’ abilities to deliver care and foster an environment that helps oncologists find improvements through...

What I like about the Kelowna centre

Not only did I find my career focus in Edmonton, but while training I met my wife. Her family is from the Okanagan and we’re both outdoor enthusiasts, so we always had Kelowna in mind as somewhere we wanted to live. By 2003, an opportunity surfaced and I joined the BC Cancer Agency’s team in Kelowna at the Centre for the Southern Interior. I’ve been here ever since. I now have three children, and my family loves Kelowna life. One of the things that drew me to working at the Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior was the collegiality of the team here — they are happy and have a great vision...

From Edmonton to Kelowna: A little bit about me

Hello everyone, my name is Ross Halperin, and I’m happy to be blogging as a Partner in Discovery. I’ve been a radiation oncologist with the BC Cancer Agency for the past eight years. But before I get into what I do at the Agency, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I grew up in Ontario and come from a family of medical professionals. With a house always full of doctors, I was exposed to the ins and outs of many different medical specialties. I first learned about oncology from a close family friend, and it really intrigued me; that friend became my mentor. After moving to Edmonton to...

Introducing April’s Guest Blogger — Dr. Ross Halperin

I am pleased to introduce our first 2011 spring blogger from the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna. Dr. Ross Halperin is the Regional Professional Practice Leader for the radiation oncology department at the Centre. Because of the dedication of Ross and his colleagues at the BC Cancer Agency, the translation from research discovery to improved clinical practice happens regularly and with expediency. As a clinician, researcher and administrator, Ross sees the benefit of that translation every day. Stay tuned to follow Ross’ story and the inspiration behind his work...

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