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Bringing Canada's cancer research community together

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In April of 1980, Terry Fox set out to run across Canada to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. By the end of that summer, he had raised millions of dollars and in the process united Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Over forty years later, the Terry Fox Research Institute is uniting Canada's cancer research community once again through its 9th Scientific Meeting. This year's TFRI Scientific Meeting will take place in Vancouver and will feature presentations on the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network and Digital Health and Discovery Platform, Rapid-Fire Talks, Poster Sessions and updates from our TFRI Research Programs.

This website will help keep you posted on everything you need to know about the 9th TFRI Scientific Meeting. Check back in coming weeks to get more information on this event.


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Abstract submission

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Transportation and Accommodation

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Research inquiries

Russell Watkins
Senior Research Programs Manager
604-675-8000 ext. 7624

General inquiries

Dr. David Malkin, Program Director

malkin_david_cropppedDr. David Malkin is leading the PROFYLE initiative as Program Director. He is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, and oncologist and senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He also holds the Pediatric Oncology Group (POGO) Chair in Childhood Cancer Control at the University of Toronto. Dr. Malkin is recognized internationally for his landmark contributions to the field of pediatric cancer genetics.

Mr. Patrick Sullivan, PROFYLE Co-Chair, Leader - Partnership, Sustainability and Advocacy Node

Patrick Sullvan Patrick Sullivan is a passionate childhood cancer research advocate, and the president and founder of the Team Finn Foundation, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds for cutting edge pediatric cancer research. Since 2009, the foundation has raised well over $2-million for pediatric cancer research. In addition, Patrick is a board member of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance, a member of TFRI’s Pacific Regional Advisory Committee and is an advocate on the Stand Up to Cancer‐St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Dream Team. Professionally, Patrick is a securities and corporate‐commercial litigator based in Vancouver, B.C.

Dr. Poul Sorensen, Proteomics Node

Dr. Poul Sorensen croppedDr. Poul Sorensen is Johal Endowed Chair in Childhood Cancer Research and Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia. He is Chair of the Translational Research Committee of the Children's Oncology Group. Dr. Sorensen is also PI of the Genome Canada/CIHR/C17 Canadian Pediatric Cancer Genome Consortium, using next‐generation sequencing to identify drivers in high‐risk childhood cancers. His group has discovered many novel translocation‐associated alterations in childhood cancer, and recently identified pathways underlying the adaptation of tumours to cellular stress.

Dr. Steven Jones, Genomics and Bioinformatics Node

steven-jonesSteven Jones is a Professor, FRSC, FCAHS Associate Director and Head of Bioinformatics at the BC Cancer Agency's  Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre. Dr. Jones is also Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University