The Chew Wei Memorial Chair in Gynecologic Oncology Update

Dianne Miller, MD, FRCSC
Head, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology

The Chew Wei Memorial Chair in Gynecologic Oncology has been transformational for our division. This endowment has enabled our division to continue to lead the nation academically. This year’s expenditures include support the Genova Hereditary Gynecologic cancer initiative, and to support a laboratory assistant for Dr. Mark Carey’s work on low grade serous cancer lines.

In addition, we will fund a program assistant for the Gynecologic cancer initiative. As the faculty is aware this is an exciting $100,000,000.00 program we are putting forward to decrease mortality and suffering from gynecologic cancers by 50% by 2030. Fortunately we just found out that the cluster grant supporting this initiative was funded so these funds will be available to spend next year.

I have also committed funds to two small pilot projects which I believe will lead to much bigger grants. The first is looking at a novel treatment for dVIN (10.000) and a second pilot project examining the efficacy of performing genetic testing on Liquid based cytology specimens.

In summary this endowment has allowed our team to be both creative and innovative in the battle against Gynecologic Cancers.

Dianne Miller (Chew Wei Memorial Chair Holder)