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Helen Jin Attends the American Society of Hematology Conference in Orlando
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MSc student Helen Jin attended the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) on behalf of the DaCosta Lab this December 7-10th in Orlando, Florida. This is the largest and most comprehensive hematology event of the year, with discussions spanning the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, and vascular systems. Helen will be translating her newfound knowledge on cutting edge research technologies and drug development programs into her thesis project, which uses intravital imaging to study AML cell interaction with the bone marrow microenvironment on mouse femurs.

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Christopher Gibson presents poster at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference
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Christopher Gibson presented a poster outlining an upcoming breast cancer clinical trial at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Ottawa. This conference was an excellent experience for scientists, trainees, clinicians, and patients to learn about the state and future of cancer research, specifically in Canada. This year’s conference highlighted the importance of patient involvement in the design of research studies and real-world evidence as a tool for decision making, and hence included a number of talks from patient advocates which motivated the themes of many of the conference’s sessions.

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Dr. Sara Rapic receives travel award to attend World Molecular Imaging Conference in Montreal
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Dr. Sara Rapic received a travel award from UHN’s Office of Research Trainees (ORT) to attend the World Molecular Imaging Conference in Montreal. She will be giving an oral presentation on her research on radiation oncology.

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Christopher Gibson wins travel award to attend Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Ottawa
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PhD candidate Christopher Gibson recently received a travel award from UHN’s Office of Research Trainees (ORT) to attend the Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Ottawa from November 3-5. Christopher will be presenting a poster outlining an upcoming breast cancer clinical trial at this conference.

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DaCosta Lab presents at WMIC 2019 in Montreal
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The DaCosta lab attended the World Molecular Imaging Conference in Montreal from September 4-7 2019. Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Sara Rapic, was asked to give an oral presentation of her work and was highlighted as one of the top abstracts at the WMIC opening ceremonies: “Investigating radiation response of pancreatic tumors and their microenvironment using in-vivo optical imaging to identify new treatment strategies“. Sara’s abstract was selected as one of the “top abstracts” of the conference. Pictures include Jason Lewis (former President of WMIS) highlighting Sara’s talk in the WMIC Opening Ceremony. Several members presented at the poster sessions including: Helen Jin…

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Niloufar Khosravi receives her PhD
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On Friday August 30th, 2019 Niloufar Khosravi successfully defended her PhD dissertation.  Dr. Khosravi extends her gratitude to her supervisors Dr. John Davies and Dr. Ralph DaCosta as well as all others who supported her in her academic and personal life. She would also like to thank her external examinator, Dr Ali Khademhosseini, for helpful insights and stimulating conversation. On the subject of receiving her PhD, she says: “I’d say the experience was unique. I never in a million years thought I’d be a scientist one day, now my enthusiasm for science has spilled into my personal life.”

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Thank you summer students 2019
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This summer, the DaCosta lab welcomed 5 wonderful highschool and undergraduate students to assist with the ongoing projects in the lab. Each of these students exceeded our expectations with their scientific inquiry, diligent lab work, and presentation skills. On August 16th, 2019 we celebrated their hard work with a luncheon, and presentation of certificates of achievement. We wish to thank Mara, Sarah, William, Zuha, and Brigida for their help this summer and we wish them luck in the coming academic year.

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DaCosta Lab at the Medical Biophysics Summer Student Poster Day
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Brigida DiMatteo, a Medical Biophysics summer student placed at the DaCosta lab this summer, presented her research focusing on the effects of metformin and radiation treatment on pancreatic tumour burden and spread in vivo. Abstract: Pancreatic cancer, the second most common gastrointestinal cancer, has a poor prognosis with an overall 5.1% 5-year relative survival rate. An integral treatment which is frequently used in the neoadjuvant and adjuvant care is radiation therapy (RT). RT is heavily dependent on intracellular oxygen to produce cytotoxic reactive oxygen species. However, RT damages vasculature thereby inducing tumor hypoxia, a key factor in therapy resistance and…

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Helen Jin wins two Faculty of Medicine Scholarships
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UofT FacMed JinH Congratulations to Helen Jin, who was recently awarded two University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine awards: 1) The David RAE Graduate Student Scholarship, awarded to one student from the Faculty of Medicine studying in the areas of leukemia and lymphoma. The award totals $6,100 for one year. 2) The Sona Naran PANCHA Graduate Award in Leukemia Research, awarded to one student from the Faculty of Medicine demonstrates excellence and outstanding achievement in the area of leukemia research. The award totals $1,800 for one year. Helen will be using this funding to study the interaction between leukemia cells…

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Vasanth Subramanian, MSc joins the DaCosta Lab!
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Mr. Vasanth Subramanian joined the DaCosta lab as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2019. He has completed two master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC) respectively. He obtained his undergrad degree in Mechanical Enginerring from SASTRA University (Thanjavur, India).

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