Autophagy: a Fundamental Cellular Process That Goes Haywire in Cancer

By: Mike Pryszlak Image: tumour cells exploit the autophagic process The Nobel Prize, established by Alfred Nobel in 1895, is the highest award an individual can receive for their academic, cultural or scientific contributions.  Alfred was himself a chemist and inventor who amassed a fortune by inventing Nobel’s Blasting Powder, or dynamite, and subsequently became … More Autophagy: a Fundamental Cellular Process That Goes Haywire in Cancer

Statins: From Cholesterol Control to Cancer Care

By: Joseph Longo Faced with increasing costs for the development of new drugs, researchers are now looking to repurpose older drugs as a relatively quick and inexpensive way of improving treatment options for cancer patients. One promising class of drugs that is receiving increased attention is the statin family of cholesterol-lowering medication. Statins have been … More Statins: From Cholesterol Control to Cancer Care

Ready-or-not here we come: opening our eyes to the fight on cancer

By: Martin Smith, PhD Cancer cells are locked into an epic game of hide-and-seek with our body.  Naturally, our body is tuned to recognize and eliminate foreign matter with the help of our immune system.  Cancer is no exception.  Routine inspection shows the presence of tumour infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) deep inside of tumours removed during … More Ready-or-not here we come: opening our eyes to the fight on cancer

The Crucial Role of Patient Samples in Cancer Research

  Cancer research can take on many forms, and many major discoveries have been made using organisms such as roundworms, fruit flies, mice and rats. However, patients themselves play a crucial role in research, from participation in clinical trials to providing tumour samples for researchers to study. Perhaps the most famous example is the case … More The Crucial Role of Patient Samples in Cancer Research