Dr. Michael Cox

Dr. Michael Cox

B.Sc. Zoology, Auburn University, AL 1982
M.Sc. Zoology, Auburn University, AL 1985
Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of North Carolina, NC 1991
PDF. Microbiology, University of Virginia, VA 1994
Research Associate, Microbiology, Univ. of Virginia 1997
Research Asst. Prof., Microbiology Univ. of Virginia 2000

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Positions: 

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

 

Dr. Michael Cox is a molecular and cellular biologist who earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina for studies on how oncogenes impact neuronal growth and differentiation. He began his work on cell signaling networks in prostate cancer at the University of Virginia. His research program is dedicated to understanding how prostate cancer, the most frequently diagnosed male malignancy, initiates and progresses and to finding ways of halting advanced disease progression.

Dr. Cox’s research is funded by the Terry Fox Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of British Columbia. His work focuses on early genetic changes in prostate cells, how resulting tumor cells respond to growth factors in the presence or absence of testosterone and how these cellular changes allow prostate tumor cells to utilize these growth factors to aid development of testosterone independence. With colleagues at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and University of British Columbia, he is developing combinatorial antisense and small molecule drug strategies that decrease the responsiveness of tumor cells to growth factors and has shown that prostate cancer cells treated in this way are more sensitive to testosterone deprivation or treatment with other chemotherapies. These are first steps in developing effective treatments for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

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).

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Discovery of a promising new medication to block "master key" of cancer growth

Dr. Chris Ong
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Drs. Wyatt and Chi: ctDNA predicts resistance to AR-targeted therapy

VCHRI News article on study of ctDNA predicting resistance to AR-targeted therapy
DNA

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