2021

  • Members receive funding from new OICR grant program

    December 02, 2021


  • CTCR adds Two New Members

    November 22, 2021
    The Centre for Translational Cancer Research welcomes Dr. Phillip Blanchette and Dr. Maria MacDonald to its membership. Dr. Blanchette is a medical oncologist who specializes in breast and lung cancer while Dr. MacDonald is a neuro-oncologist, both in the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre.

  • Dr. Muriel Brackstone receives 2021 MAC Award

    November 18, 2021
    Dr. Muriel Brackstone receives the 2021 St. Joseph's MAC (Joint Medical Advisor Committee) Award for her commitment to the vision and mission of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's, their leadership, integrity and motivation she provides to her peers. Congratulations!

  • Honouring career milestones

    November 17, 2021
    Last week, we honoured individuals who hit career milestones at London Health Sciences Centre. Members include Dr. George Rodrigues (20 years), Dr. Eric Winquist (25 years) and Dr. Mark Vincent (30 years). Congratulations!

  • Weston Foundation Grant Awarded

    November 15, 2021
    Saman Maleki, PhD has been awarded $450,000 over 3-years to study "The role of the gut microbiome in conferring sensitivity or resistance to systemic therapy in pancreatic cancer" through the Weston Family Microbiome Initiative Grant.

  • Members awarded MORF Award

    November 10, 2021
    Congratulations to our members, Dr. Daniel Breadner, Dr. Jacques Raphael and Dr. Elena Tsvetkova on receiving a 2021 London Regional Cancer Program Medical Oncology Research Fund (MORF) award for their respective research.

  • Member receives Robert L. Fine Cancer Research Foundation Grant

    November 10, 2021
    Pete Ferguson, PhD Adjunct Professor in Oncology, has been awarded a research grant of $79,112 from the Robert L. Fine Cancer Research Foundation for his project entitled "Targeting DNA repair and the LIF-LIFR axis to inhibit growth of pancreatic adenocarcinoma". Co-authors are Jim Koropatnick, PhD and Dr. Mark Vincent.

  • Members receive CIHR Funding

    November 09, 2021
    Members Dr. Richard Kim, Dr. Glenn Bauman, Dr. Stephen Welch and Dr. Eric Winquist received approval for CIHR funding of $1,995,001 over 4-years for their project entitled "Integrated Precision Medicine Technology and Approach for Optimal Drug Therapy for Canadians".

  • Member receives AMOSO Grant Funding

    November 08, 2021
    Dr. Daniel Breadner’s AMOSO grant application has been chosen to receive total funding of $130,000 over 3-year. Dr. Breadner’s project is entitled “Modulation of the tumour immune microenvironment with neoadjuvant stereotactic ablative radiotherapy in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (ANSR-PDAC)”.

  • LHSC/Lawson Catalyst Grants Recipient Announced

    November 01, 2021
    Congratulations to Awardees of the 2021 Fall LRCP/LAWSON Catalyst Research Grant Competition.

  • Dr. Frank Prato celebrates 45 years of service

    November 01, 2021
    Congratulations to Frank Prato, PhD for 45 years of medical imaging ingenuity. Dr. Prato has dedicated his career to the advancement of medical imaging and is one of this year's longest serving recipients. Dr. Prato is a visionary who was instrumental in acquiring Canada's first whole body PET/MRI for Lawson and St.Joseph's Hospital. He was also the main influencer in bringing the first MRI machine into Canada in 1982.

  • Member receives Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Grant

    September 30, 2021
    Dr. Ana Lohmann has been awarded $400K from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to support her research as part of a larger phase 3 clinical trial. Dr. Lohmann's research focuses on the use of liquid biopsy, a blood test that looks for biomarkers that indicate the presence of cancer cells in the body.

  • Dr. Ji-Hyun Jang joins the Centre for Translational Cancer Research

    September 24, 2021
    Dr. Ji-Hyun Jang, MD. MPH. FRCSC. joins the Centre for Translational Cancer Research. Dr. Jang is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Oncology at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Welcome Dr. Jang!

  • CTCR enrolls new members

    September 16, 2021
    Dr. Seth Climans (neuro-oncology), Dr. Derek W. Cool (interventional radiologist) and Dr. Terry Zwiep (surgeon) joined the CTCR today. All three have tremendous amount of research experience and we look forward to hearing about their upcoming projects.

  • Member appointed Assistant Dean, Research Chairs & Awards

    September 01, 2021
    Dale Laird, PhD was appointed September 1, 2021 to Assistant Dean, Research Chairs & Awards, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Laird is a Professor in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Physiology and Pharmacology. Congratulations!

  • Members awarded CHIR Project Grant (2021 Spring Competition)

    August 10, 2021
    Ten CTCR members awarded over $4.8M in the 2021 Spring CIHR competition. Congratulations to: Natalie G. Berube, PhD; Gregory A. Dekaban, PhD; Paula J Foster, PhD; Ting-Yim Lee, PhD; S.M. Mansour Haeryfar, PhD; John K. McCormick, PhD; John A. Ronald, PhD; Timothy J. Scholl, PhD; Peter B. Stathopulos, PhD; and Jonathan Thiessen, PhD.

  • Fenster Translational Lab to receive $2.65M in provincial funding

    July 20, 2021
    Medical Biophysicist Aaron Fenster is getting $2.65Million for his imaging research lab through the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence as announced during a visit from Colleges and Universities Minister Jill Dunlop. This project is on the cutting edge of research innovation. Congratulations to Dr. Fenster and his team.

  • Member awarded New Frontiers in Research Fund Competition

    June 30, 2021
    Leonard Luyt, PhD along with Justin Hicks, PhD (Imaging) and Dr. Shehzad Ali (Epidemiology) were awarded $249,900 for their research assessing barriers to access among rural and remote Canadian communities to nuclear molecular imaging technology for diagnosis and study of dementia

  • Lawson Internal Research Fund (IRF)

    June 15, 2021
    Lawson Health Research Institute announced the results of the 2021 Internal Research Fund Spring Competition. Dr. Matthew Cecchini, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine receives $15,000 for his research entitled "TMB morphology signature as novel marker of response to immunotherapy in lung cancer. Dr. Qi Zhang's trainee, Carolyn Twible, also from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, receives $15,000 to study "Characterizing the hippocampal dentate gyrus involvement in temporal lobe epilepsy".

  • Member named Canada Research Chair

    June 15, 2021
    Elizabeth Gillies, PhD., a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was given this country's highest research honours and named a Canada Research Chair (NSERC). Dr. Gilles researches polymeric biomaterials and their immense potential to improve treatments for many diseases.

  • Member receives Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award

    June 12, 2021
    Alison Allan, PhD., Department Chair and Professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Oncology, was recognized for her exemplary support of postdoctoral scholars at Western University with a Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award. Dr. Allan was recognized for going above and beyond supervisory expectations and for giving of her time and extra effort to ensure a successful experience for her postdoctoral scholars.

  • Member awarded Senior Fellowship

    May 18, 2021
    Paula J. Foster, PhD., Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics was awarded a Senior Fellowship from International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in recognition of her achievements in cellular and molecular imaging. She is only one of 10 Canadians to ever receive this honour.

  • Member awarded NSERC Alliance Grant

    May 11, 2021
    Frank Prato, PhD., awarded funding for his research on "Motion correction in hybrid PET/MRI cardiac imaging".

  • Members celebrating being named 2021 Awards of Excellence recipients

    April 30, 2021
    Alison Allan, PhD. receives the Individual Faculty Award - Dean's Awards of Excellence for Faculty in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Samuel Asfaha receives the Junior Faculty Award and the Team Award was given to the St.Lawrence/Thiessen Research Team in the Department of Medical Biophysics. Congratulations to all!!

  • Children's Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award announced

    April 28, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Bekim Sadikovic who received the Children's Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award. This award is for the project entitled "Identification of structural signatures in the genome to diagnose childhood diseases".

  • Director awarded Distinguished University Professor Award

    April 26, 2021
    Dr. Glenn Bauman, Director of the CTCR, receives 2021 Distinguished University Professor Award. Dr. Bauman is a leading international expert in multi-modality image-guided radiotherapy and cancer imaging. He is also recognized internationally as an acclaimed researcher, valuable collaborator and team builder.

  • Members receive 2021 Faculty Scholars Award

    April 26, 2021
    Members John McCormick, PhD., Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Brad Urquhart, PhD., Department of Physiology and Pharmacology receive the 2021 Faculty Scholars Award.

  • NSERC Discovery Grant results announced (Fall 2020 Intake)

    April 14, 2021
    Elizabeth Gillies, PhD. and Brian Pagenkopf, PhD. have both been awarded 5-years of funding from NSERC Discovery Grant. Congratulations to both our members.

  • Collaborative Research Seed Grant Funding Recipients Announced

    March 31, 2021
    Members Natalie Berube, PhD., Gregory Dekaban, PhD., Jonathan Thiessen, PhD., and Dr. Qi Zhang were named recipients of the Collaborative Research Seed Grant Funding.

  • Members named CIHR (2020 Fall Competition) recipients

    March 29, 2021
    Members, Alison Allan, PhD., Michael Boffa, PhD., S.M. Mansour Haeryfar, PhD., Trevor Shepherd, PhD. and John Ronald, PhD. are all recipients of the CIHR 2020 Fall Competition. Collaborators also include members Gregory Dekaban, PhD., Paula Foster, PhD., Timothy Scholl, PhD. and Jonathan Thiessen, PhD. Congratulations to all!!

  • Seven Members to receive AHSC and AFP funding

    March 17, 2021
    Seven CTCR members have been named as Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) and Alternate Funding Plan (AFP) Innovation Fund recipients. The members are: Dr. Ana Lohmann, Dr. David Palma, Dr. Anthony Nichols, Dr. Michael Rieder, Dr. Alejandro Lazo-Langner, Dr. Jinka Sathya and Dr. Muriel Brackstone. Congratulations!

  • Members receive Collaborative Research Seed Grant Funding

    March 15, 2021
    Nathalie Berube, PhD, Gregory Dekaban, PhD and Qi Zhang, PhD. are recipients of the Collaborative Research Seed Grant program from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. CRSG provides seed funding for the formation and development of new interdisciplinary and collaborative research teams. The intent is to promote new collaborations that build on different scientific and scholarly backgrounds, to facilitate breakthroughs in solving research questions in a collaborative manner, and to position the School's researchers to successfully respond to targeted requests for proposals from Tri-Council or other funding agencies. Congratulations to all recipients.

  • Dr. David Palma named Top 10 Canadian Oncologists on Twitter

    March 11, 2021
    Dr. David Palma was named Top 10 Canadian Oncologist on twitter by The Rounds. With over 4,500 followers, Dr. Palma has a strong voice on social media.

  • London Scientist awarded over $2million in federal funding

    March 03, 2021
    Lawson Health Research Institute was awarded over $2 million in federal funding for a project led by Jonathan Thiessen, PhD. and team focusing on two unique medical imaging systems designed to give unparalleled insight into brain function and disease. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, announced more than $518 million in research infrastructure support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

  • CIHR Results

    March 03, 2021
    Congratulations to our members Alison Allan, David Litchfield, Michael Boffa, John Ronald, Jim Petrik, Trevor Shepherd, Gregory Dekaban, Paula Foster, and Timothy Scholl on being awarded CIHR funding during the 2020 Fall Competition.

  • Dr. Glenn Bauman, Director named Finalist in the Lerners Healthcare Champions competition

    March 01, 2021
    Dr. Glenn Bauman, Director of the CTCR and a radiation oncologist at the London Regional Cancer Program was named a top 15 finalist in the Lerners Healthcare Champions competition. Five winners to be selected by the general public and each winner to receive $5,000 for a charity of their choice.

  • Department of Oncology 2019-2020 Awards of Excellence

    February 11, 2021
    Congratulations to our members Dr. Elena Tsvetkova (Medical Oncology) , Dr. Timothy Nguyen (Radiation Oncology) and Dr. Samuel Asfaha (Experimental Oncology) for being named a recipient of the Department of Oncology Awards of Excellence.

  • Dr. Shawn Li, PhD. develops rapid COVID 19 antibody test

    January 12, 2021
    WORLDDiscoveries announced that Dr. Shawn Li, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Canada Research Chair in Proteomics and Functional Genomics along with this colleagues, have developed a rapid, accurate and cost-effective point-of-care COVID-19 antibody agglutination test.

  • Members named as AMOSO Opportunities Fund Recipients

    May 05, 2022
    Dr. Pencilla Lang, Dr. Armen Parsyan and Dr. Qi Zhang have been awarded funding from AMOSO Opportunities Fund for their respective research projects.