The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Ask an Expert day, presented by CTV, proudly connects you with breast cancer experts from coast to coast during
a one day live chat event. If you have questions about breast cancer
and your breast health, our experts have the answers!
Hosted by our panel of four researchers, the online chat is
designed to provide insight across the spectrum of breast health and breast cancer, providing important information and encouraging an interactive discussion.
Tune in on October 15th (October
8th for Atlantic Canada) as our experts are interviewed on CTV Morning
Live or Canada AM, and then during an online live chat, taking place from 10:00am to 11:00am PST, you’ll have a chance to ask the experts your questions by visiting www.ctvnews.ca/askanexpert.
Submit your most pressing questions in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Meet our Researchers
BC/Yukon Region: Dr. Stephen Chia
Dr. Stephen Chia is an Associate
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, UBC and a staff
oncologist with the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). Dr. Chia serves as Chair
for the BC Breast Tumour Group and is a physician coordinator for both
the breast cancer and head and neck cancer clinical trials at BCCA. He
is currently the Chair of CBCF BC/Yukon Region’s Research Grants
Committee. Dr. Chia was awarded a CBCF postgraduate fellowship in breast
cancer research in 1998. He credits the fellowship program to helping
him establish his career in becoming one of the most prominent breast
cancer researchers in the province.
Prairies/NWT Region: Dr. Alan Underhill
Dr. Alan Underhill is an
Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology/Division of
Experimental Oncology at The University of Alberta. He holds the Mary
Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research. The Underhill Laboratory examines
“chromatin”- this is what the genetic material we inherit from our
parents is packaged as to fit within a cell. This packaging ensures
genetic material is properly used and maintained. Cancer cells have come
up with numerous ways to use the chromatin packaging material to their
own end, exploiting some to promote uncontrolled growth and getting rid
of those that resist this process. Dr. Underhill and his team conduct
experiments to figure out how breast cancer cells re-write this
chromatin material using biochemical, genetic, molecular, and
cell-imaging approaches. Dr. Underhill also works closely with medical
specialists to evaluate the clinical significance of his team’s research
Ontario Region: Dr. Martin Yaffe
Dr. Yaffe is a Professor in
the departments of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging at the
University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research
Institute where he holds the Tory Family Chair in Cancer Research in the
Imaging Research program. He is Director of the Smarter Imaging
Research Program of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He also
has led the Physics Consulting Group for The Ontario Breast Screening
Program since its inception in 1990. His research on digital
mammography helped move this new modality into clinical evaluation and
widespread use internationally. He was part of a team that drove the
development of digital mammography and was a co-author of the 2005
publication that demonstrated its superior accuracy in detection breast
cancer in young women and those with dense breasts. He is a co-author of
the book: Digital Mammography with Dr. Etta Pisano. His current work is
directed towards optimization of breast screening, breast
tomosynthesis, image quality assessment, breast density and breast
cancer risk, and quantitative imaging biomarkers in pathology to inform
choices for precision therapy.
Atlantic Region: Dr. David Hoskin
Dr. David Hoskin obtained his
Ph.D. in Immunology from McGill University. He received Postdoctoral
training in Tumor Immunology at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research
Institute. In 1989, Dr. Hoskin joined the Faculty of Medicine at
Dalhousie University where he lectures on Immunology and Cancer Biology.
His research program is supported by agencies such as NSERC and the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region. Currently Dr.
Hoskin holds the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region
Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research and is a member of the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region board of directors. He is
also a member of the Editorial Board of Cancer Letters. Dr. Hoskin has
authored over 130 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.