Seminar Series

The CRINA Connects Seminar Series, established in Fall 2021, is designed to showcase the innovative work being done by cancer researchers at the University of Alberta. The Seminars are held each Wednesday, at 12 noon (MST).

These Seminars provide an opportunity for CRINA members to connect with and learn from other researchers in the institute, with occasional external speakers giving talks to share their expertise in a particular area of cancer research.

If you are interested in attending a seminar, please contact
All talks for the 2021/2022 Seminar Series will be virtual via Zoom.


September 29, 2021 — Dr. Michael Hendzel, "Chromatin gels and unexpected roles of chromatin in cancer"

October 6, 2021 — Dr. Cheng-Han Lee, "Cellular differentiation and cancer — insights from aggressive gynecologic cancer"

October 13, 2021 — Dr. Kerry Courneya, "Can exercise improve cancer treatment outcomes and survival?"

October 20, 2021 — Dr. Zachary Morris, "Immunomodulating the tumor microenvironment with targeted radionuclide therapy to augment response to immunotherapies"

October 27, 2021 — No Seminar Scheduled (Alberta Cancer Research Conference and Gairdner Symposium this week)

November 3, 2021 — Dr. Lisa Willis, "Sex and Gender: Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why Should You Be Including It In Your Research Study?"

November 17, 2021 — Dr. Kristi Baker, "Regulation of T cell-mediated antitumor immunity by deficient DNA repair in colorectal cancer"

November 24, 2021 — Dr. Spencer Gibson, "Terry Fox Research Institute - Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network: Opportunities for Precision Medicine in a National Network"

December 1, 2021 — Dr. Carla Prado, "Targeted nutrition interventions to prevent and treat low muscle mass"

February 9, 2022 — Dr. David Brindley, "Targeting the autotaxin-lysophosphatidate-inflammatory axis to improve the treatment of breast and other cancers"

February 16, 2022 — Dr. Gino Fallone, "Accurate personalized cancer treatment with continuous MR and AI guidance"

March 2, 2022 — Dr. Spencer Gibson, "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): A model for Translational Lymphatic Disorders Research"

March 16, 2022 — Dr. Xuejun Sun, "Cellular imaging - what cell imaging facility could do for your (cancer) research"

March 30, 2022 — Dr. Mary Hitt, "Preclinical testing of oncolytic vaccinia virus in combination cancer therapies"

April 13, 2022 - Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar, "Novel Drug Delivery Systems for Enhanced Cancer Treatment"

April 20, 2022 - Dr. Matthew Macauley, "Roles for Immunomodulatory Siglecs in Cancer"

April 27, 2022 - Dr. Paul LaPointe, "Investigating the role of Hsp90 in regulating tumour immunogenicity"

May 4, 2022 - Dr. Xavier Clemente-Casares, "Wasting Away: gMDSCs and Cancer Cachexia"

May 11, 2022 - Dr. Christa Aubrey, "Obesity and Endometrial Cancer"

May 25, 2022 - Dr. Vincent Biron, "Improving head and neck cancer care using precision molecular diagnostics"

June 8, 2022 - Dr. Paula Robson, "Advanced analytics informing cancer care: DECIDe-ing in the future"

June 22, 2022 - Dr. Sorana Morrissy, "Multi-omic profiling and data integration in glioblastoma"


**Thank you to all of our Seminar Speakers this past year.
CRINA Connects Seminar Series will return in Fall 2022.