Women's College Research Institute

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Cancer Research


Women's College Research Institute is a world leader in understanding the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer and has also been the site of innovative work on women's experiences of cancer. Our researchers also study the connections between cancers and other illness, such as Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe's work on the possibility of higher breast cancer risk in early diabetes.

The Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit
In 1994 and 1995, Dr. Steven Narod was part of a team of researchers who discovered two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, inherited in families with high rates of breast and ovarian cancer. Today, the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit works with families who may carry these genes, offering genetic testing and advice, and collecting data about the experiences of these families to develop new options in the treatment and prevention of genetic cancers.

Learn about the studies we have underway right now and participate in our research.


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  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)