Expertise & Services

Expertise

Our Functional Genomics core has proven expertise in designing experiments to develop and test pre-clinical treatment strategies using validated models that recapitulate human biology. Model systems are used for validation of novel therapeutics designed to target genetic and molecular aberrations associated with aggressive prostate cancer that are identified using next-generation sequencing in human tumour and circulating free DNA samples.

Services

The Functional Genomics Core provides valuable tools with high clinical relevance for studying the molecular and cellular development and progression of prostate cancer, including:

  • Rapid and comprehensive evaluation of novel small molecules and biologics in preclinical model systems including:
    • Cytotoxicity assays
    • Clonogenic assays
    • Biomarker assays (established or novel)
    • Drug-target and off-target interaction assays
    • Drug-drug interactions
    • in vitro and in vivo tumour cell lines
  • An existing variety of cell lines and models (xenograft and transgenic) including:
    • models for disease progression from androgen dependent to castrate resistant prostate cancer
    • tumors/cells resistant to newly approved AR antagonist enzalutamide 
    • novel first-in-field neuroendocrine trans-differentiation patient-derived xenografts
  • Fully functioning suites for the generation and analysis of xenografts, transgenics and PDXs
  • Liquid nitrogen tanks for storage of patient and PDX tissue
  • Preparation and in vivo application of gene targeting techniques to test pre-clinical efficacy of novel anti-cancer agents, including:
    • antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs, siRNA)
    • novel small molecule or antibody inhibitors
    • novel combination therapies
  • Viral delivery for gain-of-function analyses
  • Antisense/RNAi/CRISPR-Cas9 technology for loss-of-function analyses

The Living Tumour Laboratory

The Living Tumor Lab is a unique and valuable resource, which grows a wide variety of patient-derived cancer tissues, including both low and high-grade solid cancers. This work enables researchers to readily study human cancer tissue in vivo, and develop a variety of transplantable tumour tissue lines that can be used as models for studying cancer growth/progression/metastasis and drug sensitivity.

For more information visit www.livingtumorlab.com

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

VPC Terry Fox team 2016

Terry Fox Run - September 20, 2020

The 40th annual Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday September 20 across Canada, as a virtual event.  Please consider donating to or joining our TFRI-VPC team as we raise funds to enable The Terry Fox Foundation & The Terry Fox Research Institute to continue their support of innovative and progressive cancer research programs

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Dr. Collins awarded CIHR Project Grant

Dr. Colin Collins
Friday, January 22, 2021

Dr. Nappi receives MSFHR 2020 Health Professional-Investigator Award