Progress in Cancer Research Symposium 2020 (POSTPONED)

Cancer Research: Past, Present, & Future

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. Leading cancer experts will provide information about what cancer is and how it is tackled in easy-to-understand language (NO science background needed).


  • 2:00 – 4:30 pm, Saturday, March 28th, 2020 (due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, this event has been postponed until Fall 2020)
  • Fanshawe Alumni Theatre D1060, Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

This is a FREE event with parking included!

The symposium will feature four keynote speakers:

  • Dr. David Litchfield, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Vice Dean, Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

  • Dr. Alison Allan, Department Chair, Anatomy and Cell Biology; Professor, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Oncology,  Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

  • Colette Benko, President of Cancer Awareness Society, Western University

  • Dr. John Lenehan, Medical Oncologist, London Health Sciences Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

For information about the event please contact us:


Let’s Talk Cancer Blog Launch

Welcome to the London R.I.O.T. blog. We are very pleased to feature the work of the Western University BioChemistry 4455G students who authored the blogs as part of Western University Community Engaged Learning Program. All of the blogs have been through an editing process which includes the involvement of our communications specialist Megan Sherritt and R.I.O.T. team members with relevant subject matter expertise. The focus of the blogs were inspired by the theme of the London based Let’s Talk Cancer day which takes place at Western University each spring in partner ship with Let’s Talk Science. The theme is the diversity of the branches of science and other disciplines that are integral to the cancer research. The authors hope that students who read the blogs will be inspired to explore areas of cancer research that may be new and interesting to them. For non-students it is hoped that the series provides a glimpse into the diversity of disciplines that are involved in cancer research. Cancer is a complex disease that requires multi-faceted exploration and dynamic prevention and treatment options. Enjoy.


Join Us For World Cancer Day 2019!


Monday, 4 February 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)

Innovation Works
201 King Street
BMO Ideas Bank
London, ON N6A 1C9
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Cancer affects us all – here in Canada and around the globe. Monday February 4 is World Cancer Day, a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action.

We want to take this day to celebrate the incredible research that is funded by your generous donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Please join us at Innovation Works to see presentations from local researchers and volunteers, with a keynote by Dr. Saman Maleki, Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute and Adjunct Research Professor, Dept. of Oncology, Western University. Dr. Maleki is a Tumour Immunologist and has been involved in several Immuno-Oncology drug development projects. Dr. Maleki will speak about immunotherapy, a recent breakthrough in cancer research that is leading to better patient outcomes.

After the presentations, you can also learn about how you can decrease your risk for cancer by learning from some of the Elgin-Middlesex Canadian Cancer Society Prevention volunteers who will be set up to give out information and answer your questions in the Commons on the 1st floor of Innovation Works.

Please feel free to bring your lunch. Some light refreshments will be available to attendees and volunteers.

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