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Investigating early events in estrogen signaling

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Hi, my name is Bart Kolendowski and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry at Western University. I currently work at the London Regional Cancer Program in Dr. Joe Torchia’s lab researching the role of the estrogen receptor in breast cancer.

The estrogen receptor is often a therapeutic target in a subset of breast cancers. My work has focused on investigating early events in estrogen signaling to better understand how therapies work and, more importantly, why they sometimes fail.

Bart-Kolendowski - BCSC - Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit (TBCRU) scholarship recipientDuring my tenure as a Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit (TBCRU) scholarship recipient, I have discovered previously unknown mechanisms that drive estrogen-dependent breast cancer. Importantly, these discoveries have led to the identification of new targets that may prove to be of therapeutic value for patients suffering from breast cancer.

I have been invited to present this work at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research National Student Research Competition held at the University of Winnipeg as well as the prestigious Keystone Symposia on Nuclear Receptors held in Snowbird, Utah.

Earlier this year, we submitted a manuscript based on my findings to a high-impact academic journal for publication. I am happy to announce that we are currently in the process of completing revisions and anticipate that the work will be published in the upcoming months!

None of this would have been possible without the continued support of the TBCRU and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

Thank you!

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Breast cancer trainees honoured at London’s Oncology Research & Education Day

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London’s 12th annual Oncology Research & Education Day was held on June 26, 2015. This city-wide event showcases the breadth of oncology research at Western University, ranging from basic research through to translational and clinical research. More than 285 investigators and trainees attended the day, with eight oral presentations and 98 poster presentations from trainees.

The oral and poster presentations were judged by a panel of scientists and clinicians – and current and former trainees at the Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit (TBCRU) took home 5 of the 14 awards!

Winners of Poster Presentation awards, afternoon session: Jessica Tong, Bart Kolendowski, Michael Thwaites and Tom Hrinivich, with Dr. David Rodenhiser (far left).

Winners of Poster Presentation awards: Jessica Tong, Bart Kolendowski, Michael Thwaites and Tom Hrinivich, with Dr. David Rodenhiser (far left).

Winners of Oral Presentation awards: Natasha Caminsky and Mohammad Hassan, with award presenter Dr. Jim Koropatnick (left).

Winners of Oral Presentation awards: Natasha Caminsky and Mohammad Hassan, with award presenter Dr. Jim Koropatnick (left).

Winners of Poster Presentation awards, morning session (left to right): Carolina Batista, Adrienne Borrie, Emily Rodrigues (accepting on behalf of Alexandra Hauser-Kawaguchi, shown separately), with Dr. Trevor Shepherd.

Winners of Poster Presentation awards (L to R): Carolina Batista, Adrienne Borrie, Emily Rodrigues (on behalf of Alexandra Hauser-Kawaguchi), with Dr. Trevor Shepherd.

Alexandra Hauser-Kawaguchi

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The TBCRU trainee winners are:

  • Natasha Caminsky, MSc student, Dept. of Biochemistry. Supervisor: Dr. Peter Rogan.
  • Adrienne Borrie, PhD student, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology. Supervisor: Dr. Richard Kim.
  • Alexandra Hauser-Kawaguchi, MSc student, Dept. of Chemistry. Supervisor: Dr. Len Luyt.
  • Bart Kolendowski, PhD student, Dept. of Biochemistry. Supervisor: Dr. Joe Torchia.
  • Lori Lowes, PhD student, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology. Supervisor: Dr. Alison Allan.

Congratulations to all the award winners – well done!

Thank you to BCSC for your support of our award-winning TBCRU trainees!
Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit, London Health Sciences Centre