5 Key Takeaways from our Weekend in Victoria

Left to right: Dr. Brad Nelson BCCA (Director and Distinguished Scientist) - Victoria, Sanja Simic RLCF Executive Director, Dr. Rob Holt BCCA (Head of Sequencing, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre) - Vancouver

This past weekend our Executive Director, Sanja, went to Victoria to attend the 9th annual Jingle Mingle hosted by the BC Cancer Foundation, and tour the Deeley Research Centre, which will house the new Conconi Family Immunotherapy Lab. During our visit, we were able to get a sneak peek at the plans for the Immunotherapy Lab, and learned a few new things along the way.

Here are our top 5 key takeaways from our weekend in Victoria:

  1. We were excited to see the generosity of the fantastic Victoria community, raising a record breaking $1.34 million at Jingle Mingle in support of immunotherapy.
Left to right: Dr. Brad Nelson BCCA (Director and Distinguished Scientist) - Victoria, Sanja Simic RLCF Executive Director, Dr. Rob Holt BCCA (Head of Sequencing, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre) - Vancouver
Left to right: Dr. Brad Nelson BCCA (Director and Distinguished Scientist) – Victoria, Sanja Simic RLCF Executive Director, Dr. Rob Holt BCCA (Head of Sequencing, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre) – Vancouver

2. Over the last 9 years, the annual Jingle Mingle in Victoria has raised just under $5 million for the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA).

BC Cancer Foundation raises philanthropic dollars to benefit the important work done by the scientists of the BC Cancer Agency.
BC Cancer Foundation raises philanthropic dollars to benefit the important work done by the scientists of the BC Cancer Agency.

3. The Deeley Research Centre will be home to the new Conconi Family Immunotherapy Lab- we got a sneak peek at the plans with Dr. Nelson and Dr. Webb. Stay tuned for more information in the New Year!

Deeley Research Centre: With Dr. Nelson and Dr. Webb discussing plans for the immunotherapy lab clinical trials.
Deeley Research Centre: With Dr. Nelson and Dr. Webb discussing plans for the immunotherapy lab clinical trials.

4. The BC Cancer Agency is on track to begin immunotherapy clinical trails in early 2017. As a reminder the trails will bring Adoptive T-cell Therapy to patients. This is a personalized treatment that enables a patient’s immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells throughout the body.

Getting a sneak peek at the latest lab equipment at the Deeley Research Centre.
Getting a sneak peek at the latest lab equipment at the Deeley Research Centre.

5. The long-term goal remains to have immunotherapy become a new standard of care (similar to chemo and radiation) for certain types of cancers.

Touring the Deeley Research centre and learning more about the lab equipment
Touring the Deeley Research centre and learning more about the lab equipment.

 

We can’t wait to share more exciting announcements on the Conconi Family Immunotherapy Lab in the New Year, stay tuned!

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