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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Together we are improving prostate cancer diagnostic and treatment options

We have an update on our moustaches for Movember (It’s Movember time to grow a mo for a bro!) and we coordinated our plaid (for Dad) at the same time! Hopefully, your Movember was as successful. APCaRI wants to send a thank you to Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada for their Men’s Health Awareness Drives. How else can we get our moustaches AND plaid on at the same time!
In the spirit of gratitude, APCaRI also recognizes our research staff for their hard work and dedication to improving prostate cancer care and future outcomes AND the nurses, oncologists, and urologists who work every day to help the men and their families touched by prostate cancer. Please know that your devotion to the patients and their treatment needs is greatly appreciated.

- Perrin Beatty