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Event | November 14, 2018

TFRI BC Node researchers present their work during 2018 BC Cancer Summit


THE TERRY FOX RESEARCH INSTITUTE'S BC NODE hosted its annual Node Day on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

This year's conference was held as part of the BC Cancer Summit, and saw a number of TFRI-funded researchers presenting their work. The keynote speech for the event, titled The Road Ahead for Precision Oncology, was given by TF4CN member Dr. Lillian Siu (BC Cancer). 

The TFRI would like to thank all of researchers who participated in the event, and congratulate the following scientists for winning the rapid fire and poster competitions. 

Rapid fire talks competition winners:

  • Daiana Becker-Santos, "NFIB is a target of oncofetal miRNAs and is linked to tumour aggressiveness in lung adenocarcinoma"
  • Samantha Pollard, "Facilitating communication of genetic test results for hereditary cancer syndromes: What are the barriers?"
  • Christopher Rushton, "Advanced Methods for Cancer Detection by Vaginal Screening (ADVISE): feasibility and assessment of deep sequencing based self-sampling methods."

Poster prize winners:

  • Adam Sage, "Expression of long non-coding RNAs from immune cells in the lung tumour microenvironment"
  • Kristen Allen, "Integration of a Web-Based Follow-Up Platform into BC Cancer for Improving Quality of Life Care and Research"
  • Zamzam Al-Hashami, "The impact of socioeconomic status and geographic location on palliative chemotherapy uptake in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer treated in British Columbia"
  • Sonja Murchison, "Breast cancer patients’ perceptions of adjuvant radiotherapy: an assessment of pre-treatment knowledge and informational needs"
  • Luka Culibrk, "Ploidetect: interpretable detection of tumor content and aneuploidy from whole genome sequence data"
  • Linda Wang, "BAF complex mutations dysregulate enhancer landscapes in malignant rhabdoid tumor and ovarian clear cell carcinoma" 


BC Node Day 2018 Schedule

10:15am – 10:45am Next Generation Pathology – Where Does the Glass Slide Fit In The Era of Genome-Based Precision Medicine? – Dr. Stephen Yip
10:45am – 11:15am Profiling specific sensitivities of patient breast tumours by in vivo xenograft CRISPR screening – Dr. Peter Eirew
11:15am – 11:45am Inducing synthetic lethality through oncogenic stimulation: a novel paradigm for lung cancer treatment – Dr. William Lockwood
1:30pm – 2:00pm Precision Medicine for Prostate Cancer – Dr. Kim N. Chi
2:00pm – 2:30pm Replication-transcription conflict as a source of cancer genome instability – Dr. Peter C. Stirling
2:30pm – 3:00pm Terry Fox PROFYLE: A Pan-Canadian Marathon of Hope for Children with Cancer – Dr. Rod Rassekh
3:15pm – 3:45pm 3:15pm – 3:45pm Universal Access to Health Research in a Universal Health Care System: How are we doing? – Dr. Nadine Caron
3:45pm – 5:00pm Trainee rapid-fire presentation session