Dr. Martin Gleave

Dr. Gleave

B.Sc. Physical Education, University of British Columbia
Doctor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Order of Canada

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Director, Vancouver Prostate Centre
Chief Executive Officer, PC-TRiADD
Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC
BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research


Dr. Gleave is a Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urologic Sciences at UBC, and a British Columbia Leadership Chair.  He is Co-Founder and Director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, now a UBC and National Centre of Excellence. He is amongst the top cited and funded scientists in Canada, publishing > 600 papers with >60,000 citations, an H-Index of 122, and attracting >$120M in research funding.  Dr. Gleave is a surgeon-scientist whose research characterizes molecular mechanisms mediating treatment resistance in cancer, and designing co-targeting strategies to improve cancer control. He patented several anti-cancer drugs and founded OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals to develop OGX-011 and OGX-427, inhibitors of cytoprotective chaperones clusterin and Hsp27 which progressed to Phase III and Phase II trials world-wide.  OncoGenex was awarded Canadian Biotech Company of the Year in 2010.  Dr. Gleave also recently co-founded Sitka and Sustained Therapeutics.

In 2017, Dr. Gleave was appointed to the Order of Canada for his leadership role in developing new treatments for prostate cancer and for his research on mechanisms mediating treatment resistance in cancer.  In 2020, he was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr Gleave is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research, the Huggins Medal from the SUO in 2018, the Richard Williams Award from the AUA in 2017, the Barringer Medal from the American Association of GU Surgeons; the Eugene Fuller Award from the American Urological Association in 2013; the Aubrey Tingle Prize from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; and the NCIC William Rawls Award for contributions to cancer control in Canada; He was appointed a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC in 2003 and awarded a BC Leadership Chair in 2005, the 2006 BC Biotech Award for Innovation and Achievement, and the 2007 BC Innovation Council Frontiers in Research Award.

Updated October 7, 2022

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.


Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 19th, 2023

The 43nd Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 19, 2023. If you are able, please consider joining and/or donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research

Pars for Prostate fundraiser: September 21, 2023

The Second Annual Pars for Prostate golf fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC takes place September 21, 2022 at Westwood Plateau Golf Course. Join today to take part in this best ball, shotgun style tournament. Skilled holes, putting contest, draw prizes and more. For information and to register please click here.


Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Dr Artem Cherkasov receives world-wide challenge in drug discovery

Dr. Cherkasov
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dr. Somasekharan has been granted a $1.12 million USD from the DOD Award