Research Highlights

Since its inception, the Vancouver Prostate Centre’s research activities have led to valuable new insights, treatments, and intellectual property:

  • We were instrumental in establishing the use of Intermittent Androgen Ablation Therapy as a standard treatment modality for prostate cancer
  • In 2015, the Centre developed a potential new therapeutic that is designed to outsmart cancer and inhibit tumour growth by disabling the androgen receptor where it binds to a specific part of the DNA that is not prone to mutation, opening the possibility of designing drugs that could be effective for a long time
    • The drug candidate was developed using new CADD (computer aided drug design), a computer technology that evaluates a database of millions of different molecules to identify a handful which may work well as possible treatments
  • My Precision Oncology Program (MyPOP), made possible by new infrastructural investment from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and a generous donation by a private donor, allows for the routine linking of genomic sequencing data with real-time clinical decision making
  • Our annual knowledge output averages 80 peer-reviewed publications and 75 presentations at conferences
  • Since 2008, our Centre has been awarded over $80 million in peer-reviewed research grants from regional, national and international agencies
  • Since 2008 we have initiated 109 new Clinical Trials enrolling 1,721 patients
  • We have a strong record of recruitment of senior staff and faculty promotions
  • The Centre currently had 44 post-doctoral fellows, 31 Ph.D. students and 21 Masters students
  • Since 2008 we have negotiated 52 new contract research agreements with pharmaceutical and biotech companies including Pfizer, Takeda and AstraZeneca
  • Intellectual Property Activities since 2008 include
    •  259 patent filed/issued
    •  9 Licensing Agreements of IP with Industry (8 drug, 1 Biomarker)
  • Discoveries at our Centre have created four biotech companies:
    • OncoGeneX
      • OGX-011 : in advanced Phase III studies
      • OGX-427 : in multiple Phase II studies
    • Aquinox 
      • shp inhibitors, in Phase II studies
    • Andronex
      • novel AR ligands
    • Sitka Biopharma
      • Formulations of Paclitaxel for bladder 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.


2016 Step Up team

Step Up Challenge fundraiser: February 25, 2018

The annual Step Up Challenge, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, takes place in Vancouver on Sunday February 25. Click here to sponsor our relay team as they climbs 379 floors. Click here to volunteer to help with the event.

It's a Snow Day poster

It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour: March 9

Mt. Seymour is hosting It's A Snow Day, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, on Friday March 9. The event will include slope time, a reception, and a silent auction. Click here for more details including how to register, donate and/or sponsor.




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

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