Dr. Christopher John Ong

Dr. Christopher John Ong

B.Sc. University of British Columbia, 1988
Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1996

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Positions: 

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

 

A key area of focus of Dr. Ong's research program is to understand the molecular mechanisms that govern prostate cancer growth and treatment resistance.  His primary focus has been focused on defining and targeting cell signalling pathways underlying the development and progression of prostate cancer and to develop new therapeutic strategies to improve survival.  Dr. Ong and colleagues have recently discovered a critical secreted cell signaling protein called SEMA3C that drives cancer growth. From this discovery, they developed a novel protein-based medication that disrupts SEMA3C signaling and prevents unhealthy cell growth that leads to prostate cancer, and potentially other cancers.

Dr. Ong is also a co-discoverer/inventor of a novel class of small molecule agonists of the SH2-containing inositol phosphatase, SHIP. This technology was licensed to Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, a UBC spin-off company that Dr. Ong co-founded with his colleagues, Drs. Mui, Andersen and Krystal. Aquinox’s lead drug candidate, Rosiptor, is a small molecule activator of SHIP1 suitable for oral, once daily dosing. Building upon the positive Phase 2 trial results where AQX-1125 demonstrated an ability to improve both pain and urinary symptoms in patients with Interstitial Cystitis Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS), Rosiptor is now in multicenter Phase 3 clinical trials for treatment of IC/BPS.  Top-line data from the LEADERSHIP 301 trial is anticipated in the third quarter of 2018. 

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

Rock4Prostate

Rock4Prostate fundraiser - Friday Nov 8, 2019

The 2nd annual Rock4Prostate event takes place Friday Nov 8 at the Backstage Lounge Pub on Granville Island.  Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door ($20 or $10 for students 19+), with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada.  Please visit the Facebook event page for more details

VPC Movember 2013 team

Movember fundraiser: Nov. 1 - 30, 2019

Movember is an international charity raising funds for men's health initiatives. Movember Canada focuses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Please visit moteam.co/the-vancouver-prostate-centre to join or donate to our Centre's Movember fundraising team.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Monday, September 16, 2019

Drs Cox, Gleave and Goldenberg awarded Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember 2019 Discovery Grants

Drs Cox, Gleave and Goldenberg
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Drs. Wyatt and Sorensen receive 2019 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards for Distinguished Achievement

Drs Wyatt and Sorensen
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Drs. Sorensen, Ester and Huntsman elected to Royal Society of Canada

Drs Sorensen, Ester, Huntsman