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Dr. Subrata Ghosh to be Inducted into CAHS

Dr. Subrata Ghosh has been approved for induction to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) and will be formally inducted in Ottawa in September 2012.

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences provides independent, expert scientific assessments of healthcare science and technology. These assessments are used to inform the public, healthcare providers, and policy makers to promote evidence-informed decision making for the betterment of the health of Canadians.

Fellows elected to the Academy are internationally recognized leaders in health and biomedical science with a commitment to advance health sciences locally, nationally, and internationally through innovation in research and clinical care.

Dr. Subrata Ghosh is a Professor and the Regional Clinical Department Head in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also the Fund Development Lead of the Alberta IBD Consortium.

Congratulations Subrata!

Dr. Richard Fedorak Develops New Colon Cancer Screening Test

Dr. Richard Fedorak and colleagues have developed a urine test to detect pre-cancerous polyps in the colon. Previously this detection has been done by fecal matter tests, which have a low accuracy as well as a low patient compliance rate. Through the detection of metablomic biomarkers in the urine Dr. Fedorak and colleagues identified pre-cancerous polyps with 97% accuracy in a cohort of 1200 patients.

Approximately 1200 people are diagnosed with colon cancer in Alberta every year, and with a mortality rate near 50% early detection is crucial for treatment.

Dr. Fedorak commented, “Since the fecal tests were invented 50 years ago, we haven’t had a new screening test for polyps. This would represent the first new screening test to determine whether there are polyps there in real time. It will fundamentally change the colon cancer screening programs”.

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