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New Initiatives

In 2005, BC Cancer – Victoria expanded its research scope to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research by creating new translational research programs.

New research initiatives at BC Cancer – Victoria currently include:

The Catalyst Program, coordinated by the Vancouver Island Research and Development Advisory Committee (VIRAD), was launched in 2006 with the goal of catalyzing new ideas through small research teams.

The program provides seed money and mentorship to promising research projects within BC Cancer – Victoria after an annual submission of proposals to VIRAD and VIRAD-mediated internal review. Funding has mainly been used for support staff salaries and equipment and drug costs.

The Terry Fox Research Institute plans to fund several institutions to generate a pan-Canadian network dedicated to finding tumour characteristics that can predict effects of treatments and likelihood of recurrence.  

A pilot grant was obtained by BC Cancer – Victoria to ascertain the ability to obtain primary tumour samples as well as effusions from patients with recurrences undergoing drainage procedures. With these samples, we can prospectively identify characteristics, or biomarkers, that can guide an oncologist’s treatment choices for particular patients.  

This project is led by:  
  • Dr. Peter Watson
  • Dr. Mark Basik
  • Dr. Leigh Murphy
  • Dr. Mark Clemons
  • Dr. Tony Magliocco
  • Dr. Nicol MacPherson
  • Dr. Ivo Olivotto
  • Dr. Pauline Truong
  • Dr. Gerald Batist
  • Dr. Alan Spatz
  • Dr. Debjani Grenier
  • Dr. Andrew Cooke
  • Dr. Eitan Amir


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