Cancer immunotherapy

Immunotherapy makes use of the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. This approach is revolutionizing the treatment for melanoma and several other types of cancer. The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of immunotherapy and develop better treatments.

Research News


MS drug boosts cancer-fighting virus in lab models
February 14, 2024 - “Immune-based therapies for cancer are showing great promise and we hope that research such as this will lead to more benefits for patients,”
Immunotherapy improves survival with mesothelioma lung cancer
January 4, 2024 - An international clinical trial published in The Lancet shows that immunotherapy improves survival in people with an aggressive type of lung cancer called pleural mesothelioma.
A promising treatment for terminal cancer patients may be just the beginning
December 15, 2023 - Researchers in Ottawa and Vancouver are building a made-in-Canada network to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and other cancers
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
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
Atkins, Harold
MD, FRCPC
Senior Clinician Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Autoimmune disease, Autoimmune diseases of the nervous system, Blood cancer, Cancer, Multiple sclerosis, Myasthenia gravis, Stiff person syndrome Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Clinical trials, Immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Auer, Rebecca
MD, MSc, FRCSC
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Peri-operative medicine, Quality Improvement, Surgery, Translational research, Viral therapy
Bell, John
PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, COVID-19 Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, Translational research, Viral therapy
Cook, David
PhD
Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Ovarian cancer Artificial intelligence and data science, Basic research, Big data, Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Drug development, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genomics, Imaging, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, RNA sequencing, Systems biology, Translational research
Diallo, Jean-Simon
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, COVID-19, Infectious disease Artificial intelligence and data science, Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Drug development, Gene therapy, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Translational research, Viral therapy
Druce, Irena
MD, FRCPC, MSc
Clinician Investigator
(Chronic Disease)
Diabetes, Health equity Cancer immunotherapy, Health promotion, Translational research
Ilkow, Carolina
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, COVID-19, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer Basic research, Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Gene therapy, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Translational research, Viral therapy
Kekre, Natasha
BSc, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Blood cancer, Cancer Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Clinical trials, Epidemiology, Immunotherapy, Patient engagement, Stem cells, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Quizi, Jennifer
PhD
Investigator
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Infectious disease Cancer biotherapeutics, Cancer immunotherapy, Cell therapy, Drug development, Gene therapy, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Translational research, Viral therapy