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Alberta Node

Node Leader: Dr. Carol E. Cass

Dr. Carol Cass is Professor Emeritus Oncology and Adjunct Professor Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in Zoology (Cell & Developmental Biology). A former Canada Research Chair in Oncology and Terry Fox Cancer Research Scientist, Dr. Cass’s research on membrane transport proteins and their role in the physiology and pharmacology of nucleosides and anti-cancer nucleoside drugs has translated into better use of nucleoside drugs in cancer treatments. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the recipient of numerous research awards.

Dr. Cass served as Chair of the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta from 1996-2007 and Director of the Cross Cancer Institute, the tertiary cancer centre for Edmonton and northern Alberta, from 2003-2010. She has played a national leadership role in Canadian cancer research, including service as a founding member of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Cancer Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Research of the former National Cancer Institute of Canada. Dr. Cass is currently Leader for the Alberta Node of TFRI and a member of the Executive Committee of TFRI.

Alberta Regional Advisory Committee Members

Dr. Tony Fields, Chair

Dr. Tony Fields, professor emeritus, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, is a medical oncologist and a part-time member of the medical staff of Alberta Health Services. He retired in 2011 from his appointments as vice president, Alberta Health Services - Cancer Care, and professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta. Dr. Fields was appointed chair of the board of directors of the Health Quality Council of Alberta in 2012. He also serves as chair of Alberta Health Services' Provincial Advisory Council on Cancer. On the national scene, he is chair of the Expert Review Committee of the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review.

Dr. Fields attended school in his native Barbados, studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, and medicine at the University of Alberta. He trained in internal medicine and medical oncology in the University of Toronto system. He joined the faculty of the University of Alberta and the medical staff of the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton in 1980. While with Alberta Health Services as vice president, Cancer Care, he was responsible for Alberta's tertiary and associate cancer centres, community oncology programs and cancer research programs. He previously held various administrative positions within the former Alberta Cancer Board, including director of the Cross Cancer Institute and vice president, Medical Affairs & Community Oncology. At the University of Alberta, he served as director of the interdepartmental Division of Oncology, and at the inception of the Department of Oncology he was its acting chair.

In the past, he spearheaded the development of Alberta's network of community cancer centres and community oncology programs. He is a past president and chair of the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute of Canada and has served on the boards of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, the Canadian Oncology Society and the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, also as a member of the Council of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. His service to professional organizations includes previous appointments as president of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists, councillor (University of Alberta Chapter) of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and governor (Alberta Region) of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Fields has been recognized for his work by several honours and awards, including an honorary doctorate of Athabasca University, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Alberta, the R.M. Taylor Medal and Award of the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Certificate for Meritorious Service of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and the Alberta Medical Association Medal for Distinguished Service. In Alberta's centennial year he was named one of Alberta's 100 Physicians of the Century. Most recently, in 2012, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

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