August 10, 2018

Join the OICR community in having fun and raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation at the Great Canadian Hair “Do”

Participants of last year's event pose for a group photo.

On Friday, September 14 at noon, a team of OICR staff members and others from the community will once again take part in the one-of-a-kind Great Canadian Hair “Do” in support of The Terry Fox Foundation. The team 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. As part of the event, the crowd will hear from a cancer survivor and a cancer researcher to learn about the importance of cancer research fundraising and funding.

Last year the team raised more than $8,500. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to make a difference! If you are interested in participating in an unforgettable event, while helping a good cause, visit the OICR team website to register. MaRS is a community partner for the Great Canadian Hair Do.

To join the team or to donate, visit: http://www.terryfox.ca/OICRHairDo2018

 

March 8, 2018

Collaborating to bring new treatment options to children with brain cancer

Medulloblastoma cells as seen under a microscope

OICR’s Brain Cancer Translational Research Initiative (TRI) and the Terry Fox Precision Oncology for Young People Program (PROFYLE) are partnering to share data and deliver improved treatment options to young brain cancer patients.

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March 6, 2018

Canadian pancreatic cancer research team provides personalized medicine, new hope to patients

VANCOUVER – Canadian pancreatic cancer researchers are joining forces under a Terry Fox initiative bringing new hope for patients with this deadly disease.

“For many years it’s been hopeless from a patient perspective, and we are hoping to help shift this,” says Dr. Daniel Renouf (BC Cancer, University of British Columbia) who, along with Dr. David Schaeffer (UBC, Vancouver General Hospital), is leading a $5-million pan-Canadian, precision medicine initiative recently funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute.

A lack of early detection tests. Few known symptoms. Very limited treatment options. No known biomarkers that can be used to direct therapy.  These are among the clinical challenges team EPPIC, short for Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care, is tackling over the next five years to improve personalized treatments for patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), a disease with just a nine per cent five-year survival rate.

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September 15, 2017

Some braided it, some shaved it: the 2017 Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair Do!

OICR Hair do team - After

Since 2008 OICR staff members and others from the community have come together each year for the Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair Do, to raise money for important cancer research. This year the team raised more than $8,800 in support of the Terry Fox Foundation by shaving their heads or having their hair styled and brightly coloured. With these generous contributions the event has now raised more than $120,000 since its inception, and the team is still accepting donations.

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March 16, 2017

Researchers discover new test that could change the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

Dr. Paul Boutros

Genetic tests are being used more commonly in the diagnosis of many types of cancer. However, there currently isn’t a highly accurate test that can identify men with aggressive forms of prostate cancer, making it more difficult to choose the most appropriate course of treatment.

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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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July 14, 2016

“Smart” nanoparticle called PEARLS a promising gem to target, treat tumours with greater precision

UHN Logo(TORONTO, Canada – July, 14, 2016) – Dr. Gang Zheng and a team of biomedical researchers have discovered a “smart” organic, biodegradable nanoparticle that uses heat and light in a controlled manner to potentially target and ablate tumours with greater precision.

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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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