Progress in Cancer Research Symposium: Graduate Student Talks

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT) and Elgin-Middlesex Community Office invite the London and area community to attend the inaugural Progress in Cancer Research Symposium 2020 on November 14th, 2020. In addition to keynote speakers, we are happy to announce that outstanding graduate students and trainees will be providing information about their current work and projects in cancer research. Here, we will be updating and featuring each graduate student with an abstract on their current work.

We are happy to feature Nathan Orlando, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics at Western University. Nathan is supervised by Dr. Aaron Fenster. His research focus is in prostate cancer and prostate cancer radiotherapy.
Abstract: Nathan will be talking about the development of a novel artificial intelligence algorithm to automatically identify the prostate in ultrasound images taken during radiotherapy or biopsy, helping to reduce physician burden and procedure time.

We are excited to share our next feature, Natasha Knier, a graduate student at Western University. Natasha is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics, supervised by Dr. Paula Foster. Her research focus is in molecular imaging and cancer biology.
Abstract: When breast cancer spreads to the brain, the prognosis is devastating. Studying this disease with tumours that come directly from patients and novel imaging techniques allows us to track how this disease progresses in the body over time.

The third graduate student we are featuring is Tricia Chinnery. Tricia is an MSc Candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics, supervised by Dr. Sarah Mattonen. Her research focus combines cancer imaging and machine learning!
Abstract: By extracting numbers from medical images and using machine learning to find patterns within these numbers, we can create models that predict outcomes for cancer patients. These models will assist physicians in clinical decision-making and allow for personalized medicine.

On Friday, the graduate student we featured is Claire Park. Claire Park is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics, supervised by Dr. Aaron Fenster. Her research focus is in medical imaging and biomedical engineering.
Abstract: Image-guided biopsy is important for the management and diagnosis of breast cancer. By developing a new system combining positron emission mammography and ultrasound, results show promise to better detect and sample early stage breast cancer.

Stay tuned for more graduate student features who will be giving an overview of their work at the Symposium!


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