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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 askanexpert@cbcf.org. 

Meet our Researchers

Chia_AD12_cropped.jpgBC/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.


AlanUnderhill.jpgPrairies/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 findings.

YAFFE_.jpgOntario 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.