Your donations support vital research and help jumpstart new initiatives across Vancouver Coastal Health. Here are some highlights of projects currently underway that are made possible by donor support.

OVCARE Expansion: Gynaecologic Cancer Initiative

The Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OVCARE) is taking a bold new step forward in tackling not just ovarian, but all gynaecological cancers. Under the co-leadership of Dr. David Huntsman, the team is examining cancer at the cellular level to understand its origins. They are forging meaningful partnerships to expand research capacity, finding new and better ways to prevent and treat gynaecological cancer. By harnessing the power of philanthropy they can secure additional grant funding and attract bright young talent to our province.

Examining Stroke Treatments

Philanthropy is bolstering multiple initiatives through the Vancouver Stroke Program, headed by Dr. Samuel Yip. The research program, overseen by Dr. Thalia Field and Dr. Oscar Benavente, is active in multiple clinical trials to discover new treatments to reduce risk of stroke and improve outcomes for those with stroke and their loved ones. Dr. Field is leading a nationwide study to test a new therapy for cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). This rare form of stroke tends to affect younger women, and is one of the most common causes of stroke associated with pregnancy. The study is also examining the use of telemedicine to engage people living in rural and remote areas.

National Leaders in Pancreatic Cancer 

Pancreas Centre BC’s flagship collaborative project made possible through philanthropy is EPPIC – short for Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care. This innovative program is led by Drs. Daniel Renouf and David Schaeffer. It brings together multidisciplinary teams from across Canada to create a network of clinical trial, oncology and pancreatic cancer genome experts. This expert team seeks to accelerate the implementation of personalized treatments so that each patient’s unique tumour traits can be matched to an optimal treatment.