Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Pancreatic Cancer: New Hope on the Horizon

Efforts in the fight against pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) include research into a diagnostic test, and chemotherapy that targets the stroma that encase PDAC tumour cells. Read more in the Londoner

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Research points to breast cancer treatment options

Working in the lab of Dr. Peter Rogan, RIOT member Stephanie Dorman works on research aimed at helping to identify mutations in biological pathways that predict breast cancer migration. The hope is this will allow oncologists and clinical laboratories to better predict which women are at higher risk for metastasis and which ones do not need chemotherapy after tumour removal. Read more in The London Free Press and Nature Scientific Reports.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Finding Hidden Brain Tumours

Dr. Paula Foster and Dr. Ann Chambers are studying brain tumour metastases due to breast cancer using a new MRI technique called 'bSSFP' (balanced steady state free precession) to see if they can detect 'non-leaky' brain tumours. Read more in the Londoner.

Extending our knowledge into the DNA of brain tumours in children

Recent evidence has identified mutations within histones and chormatin remodelers in many types of brain tumours, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) which is an aggressive brain tumour that affects children. Read more in the Londoner

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ignite Cancer Videos Available On Line

We are pleased to announce that access to videos of our talented Ignite Cancer speakers are now available. Our thanks to Partners in Research for editing and posting the videos. The videos will also soon be available at the Canadian Cancer Society YouTube Channel. Access the videos HERE

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cancer Immunotherapy a late sucess story

Forged out of the knowledge from decades of cancer and immunology research, Immunotherapy is emerging as an effective therapy against cancer. Saman Maleki profiles the recent development of a new immunotherapy drug, Ipilimumab, which disables one of cancer's defences against immune cell attack.

Cancer Immunotherapy a late sucess story. Published in The Londoner (August 21th, page 10).

Saman Maleki holds a PhD in Cancer Immunology from Western University.

Part of the monthly series "Promise and Progress in Research" co-ordinated by the Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT), London and published in The Londoner.

Monday, 28 July 2014

The potential role of bacteria in modulating the risk of breast cancer development

 RIOT member Camilla Urbaniak and Dr. Gregor Reid

Dr. Gregor Reid, a professor at Western University and Scientist at Lawson Research Institute, is investigating the presence of bacteria in breast tissue and how different types of bacteria can stimulate the immune system, some leading to unhealthy responses and and some causing no adverse outcomes. Read more in the July 24th issue of the Londoner.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Exploiting Circulating Tumour Cells in the Battle Against Prostate Cancer

One of the greatest challenges in the treatment of prostate cancer comes when the cancer leaves the primary site of the prostate, moves through the bloodstream, to the site of a vital organ and forms a tumour. A process known as metastases.  In the London, Ontario lab of  Dr. Alison Allan and Tracey Sexton research is underway to measure circulating tumour cells (CTCs) as a means of predicting which patients are at the highest risk for recurrence of prostate cancer. Dr. Allan's lab has 1 of 6 machines in Canada capable of detecting and accurately measuring CTCs. Read more in this week's Londoner

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Recruiting the immune system into the fight against cancer

Jeff Gaudet and Corby Fink explore the potential of cancer immunotherapy, and how tracking immune-stimulating cells with MRI can be used to optimize this procedure.

Recruiting the immune system into the fight against cancer. Published in The Londoner (May 15th, page 6).

Jeff Gaudet and Corby Fink are graduate students at Western University.

Part of the monthly series "Promise and Progress in Research" co-ordinated by the Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT), London and published in The Londoner.

Monday, 28 April 2014

RIOT Receives Canadian Cancer Society Community Impact Award

On Wednesday April 23, 2014 The Elgin-Middlesex Community Office of the Canadian Cancer Society presented the Research Information Outreach Team with the Ontario Division's Celebrating Impact in Community Prevention, Outreach, Advocacy Award. The award recognizes the significant contribution to the goals and mission of the CCS in the area of prevention, outreach, and/or advocacy which has led to positive change in public awareness, behaviour or public policy.RIOT members Timothy Yeung, Michael Jensen, Saman Maleki, and Lee Jones accepted the award on behalf of the Team. To be among the many dedicated Canadian Cancer Society volunteers receiving awards at the ceremony was a great honour for the Team.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bacteria and Breast Cancer

Western Researchers Camilla Urbaniak and Dr. Gregor Reid have completed a study showing a unique population of bacteria associated with breast tissue and breast cancer. The study is titled "Bacterial microbiota of human breast tissue", and will be printed in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Ignite Cancer Shines a Light on Cancer Research

Ignite Cancer London was a great success. Our thanks to all of our speakers. Congratulations to the scientists who took on the challenge of sharing their passion for cancer research in the Ignite format - 5 minutes with slides changing every 15 seconds, ready or not. The presentations were fun and informative. Congratulations also to our cancer supporter and survivor who bravely shared their stories of challenge and triumph. Many thanks to our sponsors and community partners who helped made the event possible.
Thank you to the Londoner, our media sponsor for the great story covering the event. Read more here

Research Forms the Foundations for Healthy Public Policy

Important cancer research doesn't always start in a test tube. Researchers at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact Centre conducted a survey that showed over half of Canadian Grade 9-12 students who used tobacco used flavoured varieties in the past 30 days .. read more in the Londoner

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Tillsonburg Relay for Life Kickoff

On March 20th, RIOT members Stephanie Dorman and Michael Jensen travelled to Tillsonburg to share the promise and progress in cancer research at the Relay for Life kickoff. You can read about the visit in the Tillsonburg News.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Representing Community on Research Grant Review Panel an honour

The Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants Program supports cancer research projects that employ unconventional concepts, approaches, or methodologies.In December 2013, RIOT member, Lee Jones, had the privilege of participating on the Imaging and Technology Innovation Grants Research Peer Review Panel as a community representative. Read more about her experience in the Londoner.

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