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.

Rume Djebah MBBS, MHA

Program Manager, 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

Alisha Kadam, MSc

PhD Student 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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Kiril Trpkov, MD, FRCPC

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

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Yuliya Kulchytska, BSc.

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

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Deborah Sosnowski

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

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Desmond Pink, PhD

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

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Gerald Todd, MD FRCS(c) DABU

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

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Loradel Mendoza

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

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Tatiana Ketova

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Srijan Raha

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

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Tarek Bismar Research Group

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

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Lian Willetts, PhD

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

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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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Paul Boutros, PhD

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

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David Broadhurst, PhD

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

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Gane Ka-Shu Wong Research Group

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

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Benjamin Adam, MD

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

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Michael Chetner, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

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

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Shanna Arnold, PhD

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

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Sunita Ghosh, PhD

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

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Lorraine Shack, PhD

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

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Karen A. Kopciuk, PhD

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

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Michael Mengel, MD

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

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Farshid Siadat, MD, FRCPC

Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University […]

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Arun Raturi, PhD

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

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Madison Turk

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

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Doug Brown

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

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Anais Medina Martin, PhD

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

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Morley Hollenberg Research Group

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

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Peter Venner, MD, FRCPC

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

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Nawaid Usmani, MD, FRCPC

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

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Matthew Parliament, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, Full 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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Reda Alhajj, PhD

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

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Lauren Walker, PhD, RPsych

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

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Scott North, MD, FRCPC, MHPE

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

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Jihane Mriouah, PhD

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

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Konstantin Stoletov, PhD

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

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David Bond, PhD

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

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Robert Paproski, PhD

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

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Trushar Patel Research Group

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

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Carla Prado, PhD

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

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Trafford Crump, PhD

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

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Dean Ruether, MD FRCSC

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

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Katia Carmine-Simmen, PhD

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

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Juan Jovel, PhD

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

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Katie Hebron

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

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Working to include Yukoners in APCaRI

APCaRI, represented by John Lewis and Catalina Vasquez, met with many Yukoners in Whitehorse recently to discuss the potential of including the North of 60 men in the registry and their samples in the biorepository. Sean Secord (photographed with John and Catalina), formerly with the Yukon Hospitals Foundation, talked with John on CBC Whitehorse radio about the challenges that Yukoners with cancer, and their families, have to manage and overcome to get testing and treatment. They are formidable; a recent article by Simkin et al., 2017 evaluated cancer mortality rates in the Yukon from 1999 to 2013 and found that they were elevated for prostate, female breast and lung, and colorectal cancers compared to both urban and rural populations in Canada South of the Yukon. The authors suggested that the high Yukon rates are, in part, due to the high percentage of Yukoners living in rural and very remote communities, making it necessary for patients to have to travel long distances for diagnoses and treatment. But even if the cancer patient lives in Whitehorse, (Yukon capital, population 25 085), cancer care options are limited due in part to a lack of oncologists and the specialized equipment needed.
John and Catalina met and had stimulating discussions with many people dedicated to improving cancer care in the North including the Yukon Ride for Dad organizers, representatives from the medical and laboratory communities and people living with cancer, and their families.
APCaRI is determined to find a way to include the Yukon men in the registry so that their valuable medical information and samples can be added to the prostate cancer research initiative and be an important part of improving prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

- Perrin Beatty