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Breast cancer

The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of breast cancer and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our breast cancer research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News


New commentary finds flaws in study that shaped current breast cancer screening guidelines
November 23, 2021 - Researchers at Sunnybrook Research Institute, The Ottawa Hospital, The University of British Columbia, The University of Alberta and Harvard Medical School have published a new commentary in the Journal of Medical Screening that confirms significant
Canadian study finds fewer breast cancers diagnosed between screens when women with dense breasts are offered more frequent mammograms
July 20, 2021 - A new study published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Journal shows that Canadian jurisdictions that offer more frequent mammograms to women with dense breasts had fewer cancers diagnosed between screens.
Treatment while waiting for surgery for breast cancer - can it improve surgical outcomes?
June 23, 2021 - Drs. Angel Arnaout and Arif Awan are leading a clinical trial to determine if an experimental treatment can slow down the growth and spread of early stage breast cancer while activating the patient’s immune system before surgery
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Addison, Christina
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Bone and joint degeneration, Cancer, Lung cancer, Lung disease, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer Basic research, Clinical research, Cohort studies, Disease models, Drug development, Genetics, Imaging, Model organisms, Translational research, Molecular and cellular biology
Ardolino, Michele
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Blood cancer, Brain cancer, Breast cancer, Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Head and neck cancer, Liver cancer, Lung cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Skin cancer, Soft tissue sarcoma Basic research, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Disease models, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Bissell, Mary Beth
MSc, MD, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, Cancer, COVID-19, Population health, Women's health Clinical research
Clemons, Mark
MB BS, BMedSci, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPC
Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, Cancer Basic research, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Health research methods, Knowledge translation and implementation research
Hutton, Brian
MSc, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Anxiety, Breast cancer, Depression, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Maternal and fetal health, Mental health, Population health, Suicide, Cancer Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Patient safety, Public health, Rapid reviews, Biostatistics, Clinical trials, Systematic reviews
Ilkow, Carolina
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, COVID-19, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Gene therapy, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Translational research, Viral therapy
Morgan, Scott
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Bladder cancer, Breast cancer, Cancer, Prostate cancer Biomarkers, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Imaging, Systematic reviews
Sabourin, Luc
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, Muscular dystrophy, Skin cancer Basic research, Disease models, Drug development, Gene expression, Genetics, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models
Seely, Jean
MDCM, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Breast cancer, Cancer, Health equity, Population health, Women's health Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Health technology, Imaging, Patient engagement, Public health, Quality Improvement, Surgery