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Colorectal cancer

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

Research News


Award-winning immunology research shows how cancer surgery paralyzes part of the immune system
January 11, 2019 - Surgery is very effective in removing solid cancers, but it also suppresses the immune system in a way that makes it easier for remaining cancer cells to survive and spread. New research led by Dr. Rebecca Auer shows that surgery paralyzes immune cel
Targeting cancer stem cells improves survival in certain kinds of colorectal cancer
August 16, 2018 - An international clinical trial led by Dr. Derek Jonker found that a drug that targets cancer stem cells improved survival in patients with a specific form of colorectal cancer. Cancer stem cells make up a very small part of a some tumours. However,
Colonoscopies save lives, but study finds room for improvement
May 16, 2018 - Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in Canada. Colonoscopy can reduce the risks of CRC and CRC-related death through early detection and treatment of pre-cancerous growth. A new study led by Dr. Sanjay Murthy found that while co


Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Ardolino, Michele
PhD
Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Blood cancer, Brain cancer, Breast cancer, Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Lung cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Skin cancer Basic research, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Disease models, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Auer, Rebecca
MD, MSc, FRCSC
Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer Basic research, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Quality Improvement, Surgery, Translational research, Viral therapy
Dennis, Kristopher
MD, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Pain, Pancreatic cancer Behaviour, Biomarkers, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Health professional behaviour change, Palliative care, Qualitative methods
Martel, Guillaume
MD, MSc (Epi), FRCSC, FACS
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Anemia, Bleeding disorders, Colorectal cancer, Liver cancer, Liver disease, Pancreatic cancer Anesthesiology, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Peri-operative medicine, Surgery, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
Murthy, Sanjay
MD, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Colorectal cancer, Crohn's, Gastrointestinal disease, Inflammatory bowel syndrome Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health services research
Nessim, Carolyn
MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Clinician Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Gastric cancer, Gastrointestinal disease, Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), Soft tissue sarcoma, Skin cancer Biomarkers, Clinical trials, Gene expression, Immunotherapy, Surgery, Translational research, Viral therapy, Clinical research, Immunotherapy
Ramsay, Timothy
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anxiety, Ataxia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Colorectal cancer, Concussion, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Depression, Dystonia, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Influenza, Kidney disease, Lung cancer, Macular degeneration, Men's health, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Obesity, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson's, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Spinal cord injury Behaviour, Biomaterials, Biostatistics, Cell therapy, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Drug development, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Prevention, Psychology, Psychometrics, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Regenerative medicine, Rehabilitation, Risk assessment, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews, Transfusions, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy