This special event is free but seats are limited and will be filled on a first come, first seated basis.
The Faculty of Health Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and London Regional Cancer Program are proud to host the "The People vs. Cancer" - Ontario Speaking Tour with Stephen Lewis. Developed by the Campaign to Control Cancer, this event is traveling to five Ontario universities where Stephen Lewis will bring a global health activist point of view to the challenge of engaging Canadian universities and students in shaping and supporting a new response to controlling cancer.
During this free event, Mr. Lewis will be speaking on the transformational role that an engaged public can play and the social action process that promotes the participation of everyday people in gaining control over their lives and well-being, drawing on “lessons learned” in the global movement against HIV/AIDS. Canadian universities and students will be challenged to bring forward their skills, innovation, creativity and leadership to the challenge of significantly reducing cancer rates in one generation. He will also be advancing the C2CC campaign effort to have cancer control included in discussions at the G8/G20 meetings to be hosted by Prime Minister Harper in June 2010 in Toronto.
Dr. Amit Chakma,
President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Amit Chakma is the 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario, succeeding Dr. Paul Davenport on July 1, 2009. Dr. Chakma arrived at Western after serving the University of Waterloo since 2001 as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, and as a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Engineering and then Vice-President (Research) and International Liaison Officer at the University of Regina. He began his academic career as a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Chakma is a graduate of the Algerian Petroleum Institute (Dip. Ing., 1982) and the University of British Columbia (Master of Applied Science, 1984 and PhD, chemical engineering, 1987). The author of more than 100 articles, he is a leading expert in areas related to petroleum research and energy management. His research interests include mass transfer, gas separation, gas processing, membrane separation, petroleum waste management, greenhouse gas control technology, and energy and environmental systems modeling.
In addition to his roles at Western, Dr. Chakma currently serves as a chair of the board of Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.
In 1998, Dr. Chakma was recognized with Canada‘s Top 40 Under 40 Award, given annually to honour Canada's best and brightest in their fields younger than 40. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Tracy Sexton MD, Ph.D, FRCPC
After completing her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria in 1992, Tracy entered graduate school at the Terry Fox Laboratories in Vancouver, B.C. During the course of her training she became interested in oncology and after receiving her PhD in genetics in 1998, decided to apply to medical school. With a husband and baby daughter in tow she embarked upon a medical career and completed medical school through the University of British Columbia in 2002. Her interest in oncology continued to grow throughout medical school and after graduation she came to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario to start a residency in Radiation Oncology.
Unfortunately, residency would prove to be full of personal challenges. In December of 2003, Tracy’s mother, a breast cancer survivor, succumbed to leukemia and her colleague and good friend was tragically killed in a car accident. In March of 2006, as she was about to enter her final year of training, Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was able to continue working throughout chemotherapy with the support of her family, friends and colleagues and passed her Royal College Exams the following year. She has been working as a staff radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the London Regional Cancer Program since July 2007 and specializes in the treatment of breast and prostate cancers in addition to the treatment of children with cancer.
Because of her research background she has become involved in clinical and translational research and is currently studying the role of circulating tumor cells in prostate cancer patients. Tracy also has a keen interest in education and is currently the Radiation Oncology Residency Program Director.
Over the past four years, fundraising for cancer research and cancer awareness has become an important goal for Tracy. She has participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure and the Weekend to End Breast Cancer as a team captain and has been a spokesperson for the Terry Fox Run for the last three years. She is honored to be given this opportunity to share her story and raise awareness of cancer.
Free parking avaiable beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Springett lot (first come first parked).
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