How artificial intelligence could transform the medical world

May 27, 2016

Brendan Frey, CEO of the Toronto startup Deep Genomics, wants to use a branch of artificial intelligence to transform medicine by helping doctors mine data and make personalized medical recommendations. Researchers say they want AI to power your doctor’s diagnoses, your drug prescriptions, and your smartphone’s virtual psychologist. They want AI to perform tasks that radiologists do, and at least match them.

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I run a G.M.O. company — and I support G.M.O. labeling

May 27, 2016

My first exposure to biotechnology was from my father. He grew up with juvenile diabetes, and for most of his life had taken daily injections of insulin from pigs, even though it came with a risk of side effects.
While Ontario Genomics supports the production and utility of GMOs, it has not taken position on the issue of labelling.

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Support the fight to end pancreatic cancer

May 16, 2016

Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of any of the major cancers, and in the past 40 years there have been no significant improvements in treatment. More research must be done to turn the tide of lives lost and improve the survival outcomes for those diagnosed with this devastating disease. Here’s how you can help honour Rhonda’s memory by supporting the fight to end pancreatic cancer.

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“Ask Me” Campaign to raise awareness of cancer clinical trials

May 16, 2016

The Ask Me Campaign will be introduced at more than 60 cancer centres across Canada and include hospital staff wearing “Ask Me” buttons, as well as posters and brochures placed in hospitals. These will be used to encourage patients to engage their healthcare team in a conversation about clinical trials and see if a trial may be a treatment option. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness about cancer clinical trials in Canada.

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A new method to grow stem cells for cancer patients

May 16, 2016

Researchers uncovered the role of a protein called Musashi-2 in regulating the function and development of stem cells. The improved understanding of the role of Musashi-2, will allow researchers to employ new strategies to control the growth of blood stem cells which are used to treat many life-threatening diseases.

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Inaugural meeting of global pancreatic cancer organizations

May 16, 2016

This week, the first-ever World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC) gathered for its inaugural meeting bringing together more than 40 pancreatic cancer advocacy groups from around the globe. The Coalitions’ goal is to drive transformational change for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

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