September 16, 2016

Thanks to everyone who supported the Great Canadian Hair Do

John Bartlett about to go under the clippers

On September 14, 2016, participants and supporters gathered in the MaRS Centre for the annual Great Canadian Hair Do in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Participants had their heads shaved or hair styled as the audience cheered them on in support.

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September 12, 2016

The return of an annual tradition: The Great Canadian Hair “Do”

Participants of the 2015 Great Canadian Hair "Do" pose for a photo in two rows.

Participants of the 2015 Great Canadian Hair “Do” pose after ‘braving the shave’.

This Wednesday, September 14 at noon, a group of brave OICR staff members and others from the community will once again muster the courage to participate in the Great Canadian Hair “Do” in support of The Terry Fox Foundation. The team of 14 will have their heads shaved or have their hair styled in an outrageous fashion in the atrium of the south tower of the MaRS Centre.

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June 7, 2016

OICR attends BIO International 2016 in San Francisco

OICR at BIO

OICR has joined other innovative Ontario and Canada-based organizations for the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco, California. Those attending BIO can visit OICR at Booth 5944 in the Canada Pavilion to learn more about the Institute, its research programs and the Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust. OICR is attending the conference to pursue collaborations and investments to further advance anti-cancer technologies developed at OICR and across Ontario.

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January 19, 2016

OICR’s Jonathan Dursi and team win hackathon aimed at fixing Toronto’s traffic woes

OICR’s Jonathan Dursi and team win hackathon aimed at fixing Toronto’s traffic woesDuring the week, Jonathan Dursi uses his skills at OICR to help tackle one of the world’s biggest problems – cancer. But this fall Dursi instead used his talents to come up with ways to mitigate one of the greatest annoyances of life in Toronto – traffic. He did this with more than a hundred others interested in traffic and planning at the TrafficJam, a two-day hackathon organized by the City of Toronto to find solutions to traffic problems in the city. Twenty-two teams participated in the event and Dursi and his team, the Traffic Jam Tacos, came out on top.

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December 22, 2015

Stand Up to Cancer Canada announces breast cancer Dream Team

Dr. Tak Mek

The first Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) Canadian Dream Team of researchers was announced September 30, with $9 million provided over four years to support Canadian research on aggressive types of breast cancer.

The team, led by Dr. Tak Mak at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, will be developing new therapies aimed at changes in the genomes of cancer cells that make breast cancer tumours unstable and vulnerable to attack – the so-called “Achilles’ heel” of aggressive breast tumours. The researchers will test three candidate drugs and hope to identify biomarkers that will help to better personalize treatment for patients.

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November 23, 2015

OICR community marks 35th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope

Terry Fox head shave participants.The Great Canadian Hair “Do” in support of the Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) has grown to become a fall tradition at OICR and MaRS and this year’s edition was one of the most successful yet. Fourteen brave individuals either shaved their heads or had their hair coloured and styled in wild-looking “Dos”. A few of the participants donated their hair to make wigs for cancer patients. Justin Lewis, a survivor of colon cancer, attended and shared his experience with cancer with the audience and spoke about the importance of fundraising and research. Francis D’Souza of CityTV once again acted as MC. This year’s team shattered their fundraising goal of $10,000 by hauling in a total of $12,950.

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