Translational Research

Translational Research

Translational research transforms scientific discoveries arising from fundamental studies into clinical applications to improve outcomes for patients with prostate cancer. Members of this team work together to employ innovative new technologies for biomarker discovery, detection and quantification that have been developed independently in internationally-recognized efforts in Alberta and bring them to bear on a common goal – developing better tests for prostate cancer.

The combination of prognostic biomarkers from distinct aspects of prostate cancer progression resulted in a test that is more sensitive, more accurate and more cost effective than current tests for prostate cancer.

Our overall goal is to improve patient outcomes and quality of life by translating novel tests to the clinic that are more sensitive, more accurate and more cost-effective than current tests for prostate cancer. No one dies from prostate cancer that is localized to the prostate – the spread, or metastasis, of prostate cancer is what makes it so dangerous. The five year survival rate for localized prostate cancer in North America is close to 100%, yet this drops to 30% for metastatic disease. The metastasis of prostate cancer is driven primarily by changes in growth factors, extracellular proteases, and the cell migration machinery. Biomarkers that are involved in these processes are prognostic for metastatic prostate cancer and their integration into a single powerful test are the focus of this multi-disciplinary team.

Our team is integrating internationally-recognized efforts in the characterization of tumour cell migration, growth factor signaling and protease-activated receptors to develop novel multiplex tests to more accurately predict outcomes in prostate cancer.

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Kaye Fund Awards: Congratulations to our APCaRI members!

University Hospital Foundation – Kaye Fund Awards

Congratulations to two APCaRI principal investigators; Dr. John Lewis and Dr. Frank Wuest for their 2018 Kaye Fund Awards! From an initial field of 80 applicants, 7 Kaye Fund Awards in total were given to medical researchers studying a diverse array of health-relevant topics of huge importance to Albertans and the rest of the world alike.

John Lewis’ project is titled “Improving the Management of Prostate Cancer Using Advanced Biofluid Diagnostics” and Frank Wuest’s project is “Novel Radiolabeled PSMA Inhibitors for Clinical PET Imaging of Prostate Cancer”. Both projects are poised to greatly improve prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in the near future.

The University of Alberta Hospital (UAH), Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) and the University Hospital Foundation (UHF) launched the Kaye Fund Competition in the fall of 2017. Recipients of this inaugural competition were announced July 4th, 2018. The Kaye Fund Competition aims to support individuals or collaborative, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams in the pursuit of research, innovation and quality improvement projects that will establish new approaches to patient care.

The Kaye Fund Award is funded by a transformational $30 million donation from Mr. Donald Kaye. This gift is directed to advancing patient care and medical research to the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, and remains one of largest donations in the history of Canadian healthcare philanthropy.

Mr. Donald Kaye

Through his naming gift to the University Hospital Foundation, Donald Kaye has transformed years of hard work, prudent decision-making and wise investing into one of the largest donations in the history of Canadian healthcare philanthropy. And in doing so, Mr. Kaye is advancing patient care and medical research in a way that is both intently focused, and broadly based.  

 

 

- Perrin Beatty