November 25, 2020

Cancer research through COVID: A drug discovery student’s perspective

Despite disruptions, cancer researchers across Ontario are continuing to make scientific progress in labs and at home. Here, Vivian discusses her master’s project, discovering drug targets for future immunotherapies.

April 8, 2020

Accelerating the development of new cancer drugs in Ontario

Drs. Lisa Porter and John Trant from the University of Windsor are working to develop a drug to block a protein that is elevated in some types of aggressive cancer. Disrupting the activity of this unique protein complex could slow or stop the disease. By providing researchers such as Porter and Trant with funding support and access to expertise, OICR’s Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline initiative is enabling the development of the next wave of made-in-Ontario cancer therapies.

September 11, 2019

Using the “window of opportunity” to understand biomarkers and tumour biology

OICR researchers have recently teamed up with a team of medical oncologists and surgeons at The Ottawa Hospital to launch a new breast cancer clinical trial – one that begins before a patient undergoes surgery. 

“There’s a gap between when a patient is diagnosed with cancer and the start of their surgery,” explains Dr. Melanie Spears, trial co-investigator and Principal Research Scientist at OICR. “A window of opportunity study allows us to use this gap to look at novel targeted therapies.”

April 23, 2019

Tumour samples and ultra-low temperatures

Learn about how the Ontario Tumour Bank evaluates the quality of tumour samples stored at ultra-low temperatures over the last decade.

April 9, 2019

Learn about the Ontario Tumour Bank

Monique Albert, Director of the Ontario Tumour Bank (OTB) explains how OTB provides cancer researchers with the high-quality biospecimens and data they need for their studies.

February 26, 2019

Meet the researchers – Rosita Bajari

Find out what a Technical Business Analyst does and why this job is so important in helping researchers and software engineers work together.

December 10, 2018

A holiday message from the President and Scientific Director

As we approach the holidays, I want to wish you all the best of the season. The remarkable achievements of OICR and the cancer research community over the last year would not have been possible without your dedication, support and collaborative spirit. Together we are continuing to make OICR a huge success with tangible impacts on the lives of cancer patients across the province.

Continue reading – A holiday message from the President and Scientific Director

November 8, 2018

Meet the researchers: Lawrence Heisler

Lawrence Heisler, Project Manager in the Genome Sequence Informatics team at OICR, talks about how new technologies are making genetic sequencing faster and cheaper. But turning data into discoveries requires the right behind-the-scenes support. That’s where Heisler’s team comes in.

October 16, 2018

Meet the researchers: Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald talks about her work at the Ontario Heath Study and how the data provided by participants is now helping researchers in Canada and around the world.

August 22, 2018

Meet the researchers: Ratheesh Subramaniam

Ratheesh Subramaniam talks about his work in OICR’s Drug Discovery team and how it could help doctors make a difference in treating cancer patients.

July 31, 2018

Meet the researchers: Cheryl Crozier

Cheryl Crozier talks about her work in OICR’s Diagnostic Development team and how it could help doctors make a difference in treating cancer patients.