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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Viruses - a new cancer-fighting tool?

Dr. Patrick Lee
University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre

Patrick Lee and his research colleagues at the University of Calgary are responsible for an amazing discovery - viruses that target and destroy cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. Somehow these agents "called reoviruses" are able to hone in on characteristics that are unique to cancer cells. Finding out how these viruses achieve this remarkable feat - and harnessing it - could open up a whole new arsenal of therapeutic weapons against the killer disease. Find out about one of the most promising new avenues in cancer research from an international leader in the field.

Dr. Lee is a Professor of Virology and Cancer Biology at the University of Calgary. His work on the use of viruses to target cancer cells has received international attention and has triggered considerable interest in this new anti-cancer strategy. Dr. Lee also chairs the Virology and Viral Pathogenesis Committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada.

DATE: Thursday, October 21, 1999 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am