linical research is a way of providing new and innovative care to patients who can potentially benefit from new directions in medicine. Our hematologists are actively engaged in clinical research and investigate both benign and malignant hematological disorders. The aim of this research is to identify significant improvements in treatment and patient care; it is this inspiration that is the spirit and vision of our research team.You may be interested in participating in a clinical study. If so, please contact your doctor, and we will see if there is a study that is right for you.
The team is committed to Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and our staff brings a wide range of experience, both local and international, to the group. The Hematology and Oncology Research Program at St. Paul’s Hospital is directed by Dr. Heather Leitch, and was pioneered and founded by Dr. Linda Vickars. The team is comprised of our hematologists, who all act as investigators, along with four other clinical research professionals. Our hematologists include Dr. Shannon Jackson, Dr. Chantal Léger, Dr. Heather Leitch, Dr. Khaled Ramadan, Dr. Hatoon Ezzat, Dr. Camilla Ross and Dr. Lynda Foltz as the Division Head. Our clinical research professional team also includes Gail Vicente, Alexia Silva and Rachel Despotovic.
This is an exciting time for research. Our research has grown steadily over the last decade in terms of both numbers and complexity. Patients with four diseases account for most of this increase: non-Hodgkin lymphoma, acute leukemia (largely acute myeloid leukemia), multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. These disease areas all increase in frequency, largely as a result of the general aging of the population. We will continue to deliver the best care to our patients and we are excited to play an active role in research development.
View our list of publications here: Publications
From left to right: Gail Vicente (Research Coordinator), Rachel Despotovic (Research Manager) and Alexia Silva (Research Assistant).