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Key Events 

Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk

RIOT members share the work they are doing in the field of uro-oncology at the annual bladder cancer walk where they interact with survivors and families affected with bladder cancer. Our team shares current advances in treatments for bladder cancer, including immunotherapies, where they see the field progressing and answers any questions regarding the field.

McGill Relay For Life

RIOT participates in the McGill Relay for Life annually where our members give a talk about the current state and importance of cancer research & current work they are doing in their fields. Member's walk the track along with the other participants and survivors throughout the evening! As a team, we raised over 1200$ to support the great cause and look forward to participate each year!

 StemCell Talks  Symposium

Let’s Talk Science McGill Chapter hosted a Stem Cell Talks High School Symposium in collaboration with Stem Cell Networks. We presented the basics of cancer research and the applications of stem cells in this field at this event. This activity was organized by our Youth Outreach team and the lecture was followed by a fun trivia activity that got students thinking about cancer and stem cells.

Cancer Talk at Dawson College

RIOT members gave a short 1-hour talk to a biology class regarding cancer and current treatment strategies. It was an excellent opportunity to teach students about how cancer arises and develops. The discussion was quite enriching and many students were provided with opportunities to voice their opinions and concerns about the current state of research and treatment.

Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk

In September 2018, Surashri Shinde and Jason Hu represented RIOT at the Annual Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness walk where they shared the work they are doing in the field of uro-oncology. The spoke about current advances in treatments for bladder cancer, including immunotherapies with families and patients that have been affected by bladder cancer. Overall, the event was a success and a rewarding experience! 

Introductory cancer talk at Dawson College

In May 2018, Vanessa Sung and Irina Perlitch gave a short 1-hour talk to a biology class regarding cancer and current treatment strategies, including immunotherapy. It was an excellent opportunity to teach students about how cancer arises and develops. The discussion was quite enriching and many students were provided with opportunities to voice their opinions and concerns about the current state of research and treatment.

Cancer research talk for German curriculum students

Lisa and Owen gave a one-hour talk about cancer and research to a group of German-curriculum students while the students were at McGill for a campus tour. They talked about what is cancer, how it can happen, treatments, and most importantly, why cancer research is important. They generated engaging discussions with the students during and after the presentation.  Students asked about what research is like and how it can impact others’ lives. Lisa and Owen also talked about their own current research and showed students videos and pictures of the cells on which they were conducting experiments.

McGill Relay for Life 2018

Once again, we participated in the McGill Relay for Life, this time as a more developed and established group. We had a booth and a banner and several questions were asked with regards to the progress currently done in cancer research. 

Vanessa Sung, a PhD student in our group, gave a talk about the current state and importance of cancer research. We walked the track with other participants and survivors throughout the evening. 

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Key events from 2017

A Day of Learning about Ovarian Cancer

On May 12th, 2017, Lisa, Claire and Owen attended “A day of learning and sharing about ovarian and other gynecological cancers” at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital Hope & Cope Wellness Centre. Ovarian cancer patients from all walks of life gathered to hear about the resources available to them, including the different treatments and an overview on what is a clinical trial. Then we broke off into a discussion on how to find “balance” and “solace” while being sick, to eventually lead ourselves back to health. We also learned how to laugh a great laugh despite all the stress and fear of recurrence. Finally, we had the pleasure of hearing from a few ovarian cancer survivors, who shared their moving and empowering stories. It was wonderful to see how cancer patients and survivors alike are supporting each other at all stages in the process.

West Island Relay for Life 2017 Event Launch

Claire, Nadege and Rehka attended the West Island Relay launch on March 9th 2017  to show our support for this amazing fundraising event.  We got the opportunity to introduce the team to the public and also meet remarkable people in the West land community such as the mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Rhonda Massad, etc. We also met with several cancer survivors who shared their experiences and discussed with us information that they suggest we discuss in our events, blogs, etc. It was an amazing opportunity to see the impact of cancer research in the lives of cancer survivors.

Second Annual Stem Cell Talks Montreal Symposium

On February 28th 2017, Let’s Talk Science McGill Chapter hosted a Stem Cell Talks High School Symposium in collaboration with Stem Cell Networks. This year’s theme was “Stem Cells and Cancer” and we were fortunate to be able to have our first high school students oriented presentation on the basics of cancer research and the applications of stem cells in this field at this event. This activity was organized by our Youth Outreach team and the lecture was followed by a fun trivia activity that got students thinking about cancer and stem cells.

McGill Relay for Life 2017

On January 28th 2017, at the McGill University Relay for Life, we made our first appearance at the McGill Relay for Life 2017. As a team, we raised over 1200$ to support the great cause and walked the track throughout the whole night.  Claire Nash gave a talk introducing our team to students, survivors and their caregivers, etc. We also set up an “Ask A Scientist” booth where people came and asked us questions pertaining to cancer research. We received immense positive feedback from the community.

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