Idea Exchange

At UCalgary, we believe good ideas are transformational.

What makes a good idea? Some might say good ideas are fueled by passion. Others would say good ideas solve problems and deliver value.

Join us for a lively, expert-led discussion at Idea Exchange, where we’ll explore ideas that challenge our perceptions, push boundaries and spark meaningful change.

Cancer has a profound impact on Albertans — 50 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women in Alberta will develop cancer in their lifetime. Researchers at the University of Calgary are collaborating across disciplines and faculties to lead the charge against these diseases. 

From precision medicine to advancing psychosocial support for patients and families, our medical leaders are leading innovative research to better detect cancer, improve treatment and enhance patient support.  

We know we can outsmart cancer. Join us in a conversation as our panel of experts from medicine, nursing and engineering explores how UCalgary researchers are tackling the toughest challenges to change the future of cancer through: 

  • Prevention: Hear how we are exploring new ways to stop cancer before it starts. 
  • Detection: Discover the new tests and screening techniques being used to detect cancer earlier and, ultimately, save lives.
  • Treatment: Learn how precision medicine is shaping the way patients receive care.  
  • Support: Gain insight into all of the ways that we are support patients and their families during and after treatment. 

About our speakers

Dr. Jon Meddings

Dr. Jon Meddings

Dr. Jon Meddings has been dean of the Cumming School of Medicine since July 2012, previously holding other leadership roles with the faculty and clinical departments. He has been honoured with several awards and distinctions for his research innovations in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel permeability. He is dedicated to excellence in research and education, and in improving patient care in Calgary and beyond.

Tara Beattie

Tara Beattie

Tara Beattie is an associate professor with the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the study of progressing age-related diseases, specifically related to DNA damage. Beattie studies telomeres, proteins at the ends of our chromosomes, which play a critical role in stability of our DNA, preventing diseases such as cancer.

Kristina Rinker

Kristina Rinker

Kristina Rinker is an associate professor with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering with the Schulich School of Engineering and lead of the university’s Early Cancer Detection Initiative. Rinker’s research has led to the discovery and development of a simple blood test that detects early stage breast cancer — which is now being adopted into clinical practice. Rinker is also working on determining what drives aggressive cancers and new ways of detecting these diseases earlier.

Dr. Sunil Verma

Dr. Sunil Verma

Dr. Sunil Verma is head of the Department of Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine, and also serves as medical director for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. His research focuses on breast cancer — specifically medical education, studying new treatments and reducing toxicity from current treatments. His research is helping to advance targeted therapy for patients, the use of immune therapy, and helping to engage patients in the process of their treatments.

Nancy Moules

Nancy Moules, BN’95, MN’97, PhD’00

Nancy Moules is a professor with the Faculty of Nursing and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care. A UCalgary alumna, her research and work as a registered nurse focus on how cancer affects families. Strained relationships, employment and financial difficulties, stress, and emotional exhaustion are just some of the experiences that occur when a child has cancer. Moules’ work is putting a spotlight on the importance of psychosocial oncology for those impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

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