Dr. Alan So

B.Sc. University of Alberta, 1995
M.D. University of Alberta, 1997
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), 2002
Uro-oncology Fellowship, Vancouver Prostate Centre/University of British Columbia, 2002-2005

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Positions: 

Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre
Associate Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia
Active Staff, Vancouver General Hospital

 

A graduate of the University of Alberta, Dr. So came to the Prostate Centre as a Clinical Fellow in 2002, following completion of his residency at Dalhousie University. He worked with Dr. Martin Gleave on the mechanisms of development of hormone resistance, bone metastasis of prostate cancer, and in the development of novel intravesical therapeutics for bladder cancer. During his post-doctoral fellowship he published more than 10 peer-reviewed papers. He is a recipient of many awards, including the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation’s “In It For Life” Clinician Scientist Award, an ASCO “Young Scientist Award”, and a prestigious Michael Smith Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award.

Dr. So’s current research focuses on the study of development of novel therapeutics for bladder cancer and determination of the functional role of GLI1/2 in the progression of prostate cancer to its lethal stage of androgen independence. He has characterized the functional role of different survival genes (including clusterin and Hsp27) in different tumor models (prostate, breast, lung, and bladder) in cancer progression. His current research focuses on discovery and development of novel agents to treat bladder cancer as well as development of the mechanisms of treatment resistance in renal cell carcinoma.

He is active in clinical trials across Canada and is a member of National Cancer Institute of Canada GU Clinical Trials Group and Canadian Uro-Oncology Group. Currently, he leads the Clinical Trials Unit at the Vancouver Prostate Cancer and is the Chair of the Urology Surgical Tumour Group at the BC Cancer Agency.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

PCF BC

Ride to Live 2018 and 50-50 Draw: May 27

The West Coast Motorcycle Ride to Live, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, takes place on Sunday May 27, 2018 in Vancouver, Victoria & the Fraser Valley. Follow the links to join a ride or donate to a rider; or to buy a ticket for a 50/50 draw (BC residents only).

Tournament for Life 2018

2018 Harry Rosen Tournament for Life, June 11

The 2018 Harry Rosen Tournament for Life will be held June 11 at Point Grey Golf & Country Club. The annual event is organized by the UBC & VGH Hospital Foundation to raise funds for the Vancouver Prostate Centre. Click here to visit the Foundation's website for further information.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Recent publications identify new targets for prostate cancer research

Buttyan and Wang lab groups
Friday, May 4, 2018

Discoveries in Dr. Zoubeidi's lab featured in PCF News

Dr. Amina Zoubeidi
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator award for Dr Black

MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator award for Dr Black
Dr. Peter Black
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