Meet Our Team

As a team, we are accelerating the transfer of research discoveries – more accurate biomarkers for diagnosis and outcome prediction and novel therapeutics – from the “bench to the bedside” to make an impact on those living with cancer. Whether new discoveries begin at the bedside or the bench, our group is focused on understanding and ultimately improving the diagnosis and management of aggressive prostate cancer. Our multi-disciplinary group of more than 200 prostate cancer scientists, physicians, trainees and healthcare employees from five leading Alberta health research institutions are working with an international collaborative network to achieve our translational research goals – to make a meaningful impact on health policy and the outcomes of patients living with prostate cancer.

Catalina Vasquez, MSc.

Program Director, APCaRI, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta View Profile

John D. Lewis Research Group

Department of Experimental Oncology University of Alberta View Profile

Bryan Donnelly, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Calgary, Prostate Cancer Centre View Profile

Adrian Fairey, MD

Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Alberta View Profile

Andries Zijlstra Research Group

Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; Department of Cancer Biology View Profile

Ronald Moore Research Group

Department of Surgery and Oncology, University of Alberta View Profile

Hans Vogel Research Group

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary View Profile

Eric Hyndman, MD, PhD

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Frank Wuest Research Group

Oncologic Imaging, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta View Profile

Lauren Walker, PhD, RPsych

Research Assistant Professor,  Department of Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, […]

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Gane Ka-Shu Wong Research Group

Professor Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Medicine, […]

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Kiril Trpkov, MD, FRCPC

Pathologist, Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine University of […]

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Michael Mengel, MD

Pathologist, Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University […]

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Trafford Crump, PhD

Manager, Alberta Prostate Cancer Registry, Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB […]

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Deborah Sosnowski

Laboratory Technician, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Katia Carmine-Simmen, PhD

Research Associate and Lab Manager, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department […]

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Lorraine Shack, PhD

Director of Cancer Surveillance and Reporting, C-MORE, Alberta Health Services, […]

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Yuliya Kulchytska, BSc.

APCaRI Clinical Data Entry Clerk, Northern Alberta Urology Clinic, Edmonton, […]

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Tarek Bismar Research Group

Pathologist, Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB […]

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Srijan Raha

Graduate Student (M.Sc.), Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, […]

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Tatiana Ketova

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Cody Deman, BA

APCaRI Lead Project Coordinator, Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB Cody […]

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Juan Jovel, PhD

Research Associate, Dr. Gane Wong Research Group, Dr. Juan Jovel […]

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Jackson Wu, MSc, MD, FRCP

Radiation Oncologist, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Radiation Oncology University […]

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Geoffrey Gotto, MD

Urologist, Assistant Professor Urologic Oncology, University of Calgary Dr. Gotto […]

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Loradel Mendoza

APCaRI Clinical Data Entry Clerk, Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta […]

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Karen A. Kopciuk, PhD

Research Scientist at Alberta Health Services, Department of Population Health […]

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Sunita Ghosh, PhD

Biostatistician, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, University of […]

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Doug Brown

Graduate (Ph.D.) Student, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, […]

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Shanna Arnold, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Zijlstra’s Lab, Vanderbilt University Dr. Arnold started […]

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Nawaid Usmani, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, […]

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Brita Danielson, MD

Radiation Oncologist, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta […]

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Jack Tuszynski Research Group

Allard Chair & Professor Experimental Oncology, Department of Oncology, Computational […]

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Michael Chetner, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Urologist, Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery University of Alberta, Alberta […]

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Paul Boutros, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, the Ontario Institute for Cancer […]

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Benjamin Adam, MD

Anatomical Pathology Resident, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University […]

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David Bond, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Carla Prado, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University […]

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David Broadhurst, PhD

Assistant Professor, Applied Biostatistician University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Dr. […]

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Gerald Todd, MD FRCS(c) DABU

Urologist University of Alberta, Alberta Urology Institute, Edmonton, AB Dr. […]

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Ruth Freer-Fazio

Clinical Research Coordinator, Alberta Urology Institute, Edmonton, AB Ruth is […]

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Konstantin Stoletov, PhD

Research Associate, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Russ Greiner, PhD

Professor and founding Scientific Director of the Alberta Innovates Centre […]

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Desmond Pink, PhD

Research Associate, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Emma Woolner, MSc

Laboratory Technician, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Matthew Parliament, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, Full Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, […]

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Katie Hebron

Graduate Student at Dr. Zijlstra’s Lab, Vanderbilt University Kate began […]

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Morley Hollenberg Research Group

Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology University of Calgary, Calgary, […]

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Scott North, MD, FRCPC, MHPE

Medical Oncologist, Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, University of Alberta, […]

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Arun Raturi, PhD

Research Associate, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Dean Ruether, MD FRCSC

Medical Oncologist University of Calgary, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, […]

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Jihane Mriouah, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Peter Venner, MD, FRCPC

Medical Oncologist, Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, University of Alberta, […]

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Reda Alhajj, PhD

Bioinformatics, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Alberta […]

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Lian Willetts, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Trushar Patel Research Group

Assistant Professor Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute, University of […]

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Madison Turk

APCaRI Clinical Research Assistant/Data Entry Clerk, Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary, […]

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Robert Paproski, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory and Dr. Roger Zemp […]

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Anais Medina Martin, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Alisha Kadam, MSc

PhD Student Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University […]

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Our First Participant!

Thanks to the participation from men with suspected prostate cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer, we will be able to measure if our “tests” can reveal the true nature of prostate cancer and if the tests or biomarkers can diagnose prostate cancer and tell us what cancers are more aggressive.

As part of the Alberta Prostate Registry and Biorepository, patients will be entered into our study, in which blood and other samples are collected over time and their health outcomes are recorded over many years. Patients will follow standard medical advice and care through their doctors. Our team collect biospecimens and information related to general health and cancer behavior over time.

Rather than being frightened by the word ‘cancer’, we want to learn how to predict serious and morbid prostate cancer complications well before they happen, so that we can weigh carefully the pros and cons of available treatments.

In the process, we expect to identify new and important advantage points for better therapies to be developed. The word “cancer” may be scary, but what is truly scary is unawareness.

“It makes me very happy to be able to contribute to find better ways to diagnose prostate cancer.”

- Mr. Garcia