Dr. Ophira Ginsburg is a scientist at Women's College Research Institute and an assistant professor in the University of Toronto's department of medicine as well as the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is head of the Cancer Prevention and Screening Program, and director of Familial Oncology at the Central East Regional Cancer Program, RS McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre.
Dr Ginsburg has a clinical and research background in breast cancer genetics and medical oncology. At Women's College Research Institute, she works closely with Dr. Steven Narod and other members of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit. She is also involved with the Women's Cancer Survivorship Team.
Since 2004, Dr. Ginsburg's research has focused on understanding population differences in the risk and outcomes of breast cancer. Her long-term goal is to develop an evidenced-based approach to address the looming public health crisis of breast cancer in the developing world. By studying breast cancer risk factors, treatments and outcomes in lower-income countries, Dr. Ginsburg aims to better serve the needs of migrant and other non-Caucasian populations in North America. She collaborates with researchers in Canada, the United States and in lower-income countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Bangladesh, with the goal of improving breast cancer care in under-served communities at home and abroad.
Ginsburg and her teams Grand Challenges project will use mobile phone technology to improve breast cancer diagnosis and care in Bangladesh. The result will be a sustainable model to diagnose and treat other chronic diseases in similar low-income countries. Watch the video below to learn more.Jump to top page
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