Monday, 30 November 2015

RIOT Lab Tour - Introduction to the Research Floor

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We are pleased to share a video made by our sister RIOT in Toronto. Lots of fast fun facts and a great overview of some of the basic equipment used in a cancer research lab. Have look here.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Hijacked: cancer uses immune cells to benefit tumour survival

"Tumour Promoting Inflammation" is this month's Hallmark of Cancer. Dr. Gabrielle M. Siegers outlines how cancer manipulates our immune system to its benefit in this 11th instalment of our series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Hijacked: cancer uses immune cells to benefit tumour survival - Hallmark #10. Published in The Londoner (November 26nd, page 36).

Dr. Siegers currently is a Research Scientist in Experimental Oncology at the University of Alberta and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at Western University.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Founding RIOT member Dr. Rohann Correa was recently published in Current Oncology. View his article here.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - How cancer immunotherapy is changing the face of cancer treatment

"Avoiding Immune Destruction" is this month's Hallmark of Cancer. Dr. Saman Maleki outlines the promise of immunotherapy in this 10th instalment of our series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - How cancer immunotherapy is changing the face of cancer treatment - Hallmark #9. Published in The Londoner (October 22nd, page 30).

Dr. Saman Maleki is a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawson Health Research Institute.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - How to ensure treatment is starving tumour of oxygen and nutrients

Dr. Ting-Yim Lee explores how his medical imaging technique can tell us if a tumour starving treatment is working. Angiogenesis - the growth of new tumour nourishing blood vessels - is the 9th instalment of the Hallmarks of Cancer series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - How to ensure treatment is starving tumour of oxygen and nutrients - Hallmark #8. Published in The Londoner (September 24th, page 48).

Dr. Ting-Yim Lee is a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute, a Scientist at Robarts Research Institute, and a Professor at Western University.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Invasion by the cancer cell: the final frontier

Drs. Karla Williams, Ann Chambers and Hon Leong examine how cancer cells escape the tumour and invade the body in the 8th instalment of the Hallmarks of Cancer series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Invasion by the cancer cell: the final frontier - Hallmark #7. Published in The Londoner (August 27th, page 14).

Dr. Karla Williams is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Western University. Dr. Ann Chambers is a Distinguished Oncology Scientist at the London Regional Cancer Program and Professor at Western University. Dr. Hon Leong is an Assistant Professor at Western University.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Enabling Replicative Immortality

Drs. Peeyush K. Lala and Mousumi Majumder explain how cancer cells become immortal in the 7th instalment of the Hallmarks of Cancer series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Enabling Replicative Immortality: Hallmark #6. Published in The Londoner (July 23rd, page 18).

Dr. Peeyush K. Lala is a Professor at Western University and an Associate Scientist at the Children's Health Research Institute. Dr. Mousumi Majumder is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Western University in the Lala Lab.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Resisting Cell Death

Dr. Lina Dagnino explains how cancer cells resist cell death in the 6th instalment of the Hallmarks of Cancer series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Resisting Cell Death: Hallmark #5. Published in The Londoner (June 25th, page 15).

Dr. Lina Dagnino is a Professor at Western University and a Scientist at the Children's Health Research Institute.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Evading growth suppressors

Dr. Fred Dick explains how cancer cells have lost the ability to stop dividing in the 5th instalment of the Hallmarks of Cancer series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Evading growth suppressors: Hallmark #4. Published in The Londoner (May 28th, page 15).

Dr. Fred Dick is a Professor at Western University and a Senior Scientist at the London Regional Cancer Program.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Uncontrollable growth of cancer cells:Self-sufficiency in growth signals

This article by Dr. Kyle Biggar is the 4th in a series of articles on the Hallmarks of Cancer. This month Dr. Kyle Biggar gives an overview of the hallmark "sustaining proliferative signalling", and research related to this hallmark taking place in the lab of Dr. Shawn Li that focuses on the issue of chemotherapy sensitivity by targeting a relatively unexplored natural chemical alteration made to proteins referred to as lysine methylation. Read more in the Londoner.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Altered Energy Metabolism

Dr. Timothy Scholl explain how cancer cells have an altered metabolism in the 3rd instalment of the Hallmarks of Cancer series.

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Altered Energy Metabolism: Hallmark #2. Published in The Londoner (March 26th, page 14).

Dr. Timothy Scholl is an Assistant Professor at Western University and Investigator with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Hallmarks of Cancer Series - Genome Instability and Mutation



Dr. Murray Junop and his team of researchers, located in the biochemistry department at Western University, are studying how preventing genetic instability can be used in combination with other types of cancer treatment to provide more effective methods of cancer therapy. Read more in The Londoner.

Monday, 9 February 2015

RIOT Founding Member and Alumni featured in London Business Magazine

Saman Maleki, a founding member and alumni of RIOT is featured in this month's London Business Magazine. The profile focuses on Saman's challenge balancing life between academia and entrepreneurship in his quest to find new treatments for cancer. Congratulations Saman. See the article here.

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Hallmarks of Cancer

We are pleased to present a 12 part series on the Hallmarks of Cancer in The Londoner. We launch the series this month with an article outlining the the hallmarks, or "set of characteristics in cells that are essential for their development into cancer" first identified by Drs. Douglas Hanahan and Robert Weinberg in 2000, and later updated in 2011. Dr. David Rodenhiser provides the anchor to the series with an article outlining all 10 hallmarks. As you may recall Dr. Rodenhiser did a brilliant job of explaining the hallmarks of cancer in his Ignite presentation at Ignite Cancer in March of last year. In the following 10 months an article, written by a local researcher whose work touches upon one of the hallmarks, will be added to the series. We are grateful to all of the researchers who volunteered to participate in the series.