Research Education Day
June 21st, 2013 - 10th Annual


Oncology Research & Education Day is organized by the CIHR-Strategic Training Program in Cancer Research and Technology Transfer (CaRTT) and the Department of Oncology at Western University.





June 21st, 2013 - 10th Annual

The 10th Annual Oncology Research & Education Day is an all-day event held at:
The Lamplighter Inn, Friday, June 21st, 2013

This annual event is an opportunity for scientists, clinicians, graduate students and Post-Doctoral fellows to share cancer research discoveries and promote cancer research collaboration and training.


Research & Education Day venue

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A. Sood

2013 Smith Errington Lecturer
Dr. Anil K. Sood

Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Division of Surgery,
Director, Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Co-Director, Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNA
Vice Chair for Translational Research in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine


It is a pleasure to announce that Dr. Anil K. Sood will be our keynote speaker for this year's event. His talk will be entitled:

"Promises and Challenges of RNAi Therapeutics"



Dr. Sood is a physician-scientist at MD Anderson Cancer Centre specializing in the treatment of ovarian cancer. His research interests are diverse as evidenced by high impact publications in three areas of investigation, including the use of siRNA as a therapeutic and the impact of miRNAs metabolism in cancer biology. The importance of stress signalling in modulating the behaviour of cancer cells is also a focus as well as
development of novel antivascular therapeutic approaches. Dr. Sood was instrumental in the development of the Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs at MD Anderson as a catalyst centre for building multidisciplinary groups of basic and clinical scientists interested in exploiting the biology of miRNAs as biomarkers and therapeutics. In fact, Dr. Sood’s recent publication in Cancer Cell describes the integrated use of genomics in medicine, including miRNA profiling to uncover the critical nature of these molecules in defining distinct subtypes of ovarian cancer with mesenchymal versus epithelial morphologies. He has also described how levels of the key proteins involved in miRNA metabolism can provide important prognostic information for cancer patients.
Related to his interest in anti-vascular cancer therapies, Dr. Sood and colleagues recently published on the critical nature of platelet biology in the progression and chemoresistance of ovarian cancer showing that high platelets are associated with shortened survival. Dr. Sood also has a longstanding interest in the effects of stress on cancer progression and the molecular pathways that govern this response in cancer cells. This is probably best exemplified by his recent publication showing that beta-adrenergic activation of Src signalling, a unique PKA-mediated mechanism, is critical to the regulation of phosphoproteomic networks associated with ovarian cancer progression. Dr. Sood’s
research program typifies translational science having significant impacts not only to clinical science but also to our understanding of how basic pathological mechanisms at the molecular level can be exploited to advance cancer therapy. Dr. Sood’s publication record
is considerable and varied demonstrating an appreciation for emerging technologies and application to key biological problems in cancer eventually emerging as paradigms for personalized cancer care. Dr. Sood’s leadership in ovarian cancer research and as a preeminent clinical trialist has resulted in many accolades including the Hunter Award from the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and the Margaret Greenfield/Carmel Cohen Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Prize and recent election to the American
Society for Clinical Investigation. We are honoured to have Dr. Sood as our 2013 Smith-Erringtonlecturer and expect his seminar will be informative and inspirational to researchers across all disciplines of biological and physical sciences dedicated to eradication of cancer.


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Friday, May 10, 2013 - NOON
Friday June 14, 2013 - NOON

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All posters MUST be posted prior to the beginning of the event, which begins promptly at 8am. Posters will be affixed to the boards using sticky velcro tabs that will be provided on the day of the event. You will be assigned a poster number which will denote the location of your poster. New Posters must be no larger than 4ft x 4ft. If your poster was used for a previous event and is larger, please indicate this with your submission.

Poster assignments

Map of poster display

Abstracts that are chosen for oral presentation will be data rich, and at a professional level. Those selected for oral presentation will be asked to upload their PowerPoint presentation by noon, Friday, June 14th, 2013. Detailed instructions will follow. This will allow the AV professional to identify potential problems with images, movies, etc. prior to the event. A laser pointer will be provided. The session Moderator will keep all speakers on time (10 minute talk + 5 minutes for questions).

If you are not a member of the Department of Oncology or the CIHR-STP and are interested in participating, please contact
Christine Koustrup.

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Alison Allan, PhD
Gabe DiMattia, PhD
Jim Koropatnick, PhD
David Palma, MD
David Rodenhiser, PhD
Stephen Sawchuk, PhD
Eric Winquist, MD
Christine Koustrup

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The Lamplighter Inn
is located at 591 Wellington Road South in London, Ontario.


For our event, the Crystal Ballroom will be separated into north and south halves with the north section for the oral presentations and the south section for food & beverages and poster presentations. Parking is free.

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Award Winners

Oral Presentation Winners
M Ableser Mark Ableser
M Rytelewski
Mateusz Rytelewski
Poster Presentations
AM Session:  
am poster

Left to Right: Sarah Mattonen, Teresa Peart, Lori Lowes, Victoria Fell
Absent from Photo: Mousumi Majumder

PM Session:  
pm poster
Left to Right: Rohann Correa, Michelle Dubinsky,
Scott Findlay, Randeep Singh
Absent from Photo: Ran Wei

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