Lynch Syndrome Research At Memorial University
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Our Research Team

Our team at Memorial is working hard to further research about cancer prevention for families with Lynch Syndrome and is trying to learn new ways to improve their health care and quality of life. 
 
Specifically, we are trying to determine how gynecologic cancers, endometrial (womb) and ovarian cancer can be prevented or detected earlier.

Please join our research. 

 

Dr. Lesa Dawson
MD, FRCSC
Gynecologic Oncology, Women’s Health and 
Genetics Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

lmdawson@mun.ca

Dr. Lesa Dawson, MD, FRCSC, trained in Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial University in St. John’s followed by a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Calgary, Dr. Dawson has worked as a Gynecologic Oncologist for 15 years. She completed a diploma in Clinical Epidemiology and is a Tenured Associate Professor Memorial University. She has served on the Newfoundland Research Ethics Board as well as the clerkship committee both as discipline chair and university chair. She was an active surgical teacher and was granted the APOG Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2005. Her contributions to cancer awareness and advocacy have included volunteer positions on the boards of the National Ovarian Cancer Association, Canadian Cancer Society and work for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

In 2002 she established an Inherited Gynecologic Cancer Screening & Prevention Clinic and has worked tirelessly to advance education and research about the importance of genetics in cancer. Her research interests focus on gynecologic cancer prevention for Lynch Syndrome and BRCA families in Newfoundland. She is currently working on a large population based study of the genetics of gynecologic cancers in Newfoundland. This project “Novel Gene discovery in high risk BRCA-negative Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer Families” has recently received funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 2015. 

Aimee Roebothan
BSc., MSc. 
Research Assistant Lynch Syndrome Study
Memorial University of Newfoundland

cancergenetics@med.mun.ca

Aimee Roebothan MSc. is a research scientist at the Faculty of Medicine with Memorial University. She has received a Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology and a MSc. in Medicine in breast cancer research. Her current research work includes the epidemiology and genetics of hereditary breast and gynecologic cancers in Newfoundland, investigating ways to improve detection and cancer prevention for women with Lynch Syndrome, and  learning how to improve care and quality of life for young women with breast cancer.
 
Tammy Benteau
BSc., MSc., B.Ed
Research Assistant Lynch Syndrome Study
Memorial University of Newfoundland

cancergenetics@med.mun.ca

Tammy Benteau received an M.Sc from the University of New Brunswick, specializing in population genetics. As well, she has a B.Ed from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has worked in a variety of research areas, including molecular genetics and medical microbiology. Tammy is thrilled to be a part of the team and looks forward to contributing to this valuable project as a research assistant. 
 
Dr. Holly Etchegary
PhD
Clinical Epidemiology
Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

holly.etchegary@med.mun.ca

Holly Etchegary, PhD is an Assistant Professor with Memorial University’s Clinical Epidemiology Unit in the Faculty of Medicine. She is a key member of the GELs program of research (GELs = Genetics Ethical, Legal and Social Issues) in the Interdisciplinary Team in Human Genetics. Her research interests lie in the area of genetics health services and new genomic technologies. Public engagement with new technologies, including genetic testing, in addition to the psychosocial effects and ethical implications of genetic risk, for both patients and families, are of particular research interest.
 
Dr. Elizabeth Dicks
RN, BN, ACNP, MSc., PhD.
Clinical Epidemiology
Director for the Center for Health Informatics and Analytics
Adjunct Professor Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

edicks@mun.ca
 

Elizabeth Dicks, PhD, is a clinical epidemiologist with a variety of research interests in the area of genetics health services research. She completed interdisciplinary postdoctoral training with the APOGEE Net research group at McGill University. Postdoctoral work was followed by a research post at Eastern Health Regional Authority as a Clinical Research Scientist (Genetics) and holds a Professional Associate position at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently the Director for the Center for Health Informatics and Analytics with the Translational Personalized Medicine Initiative at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Newfoundland Labrador, Canada.
 
Dr. Darren O’Reilly
PhD
Genetics
Director Molecular Genetics Lab
Memorial University of Newfoundland

darren.orielly@med.mun.ca


 

Dr. Darren O’Rielly received his Ph.D. from Memorial University in 2008 and is a Fellow with the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG). He is the Director of the only molecular genetics laboratory in Newfoundland (i.e., Eastern Health) and a senior research scientist in the Discipline of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, MUN. Dr. O’Rielly has a keen interest in elucidating genetic factors of complex autoimmune diseases and medical oncology. With a background encompassing pharmacology, he also has a strong interest in the field of pharmacogenomics. Dr. O’Rielly has published 21 peer-reviewed articles, including 4 book chapters. His work is funded by many national peer-reviewed organizations including: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Atlantic Opportunity Agency (ACOA) through the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF), the Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland (RDC), the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre of Applied Health Research, the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre of Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). His laboratory currently employs 3 full-time research assistants, 1 full-time research nurse and 4 graduate students.
 
Dr. Jane Green
PhD, FCAHS, ONL
Honorary Research Professor, Discipline of Genetics
Cross appointments: Departments of Surgery (Opthalmology), Medicine, Oncology
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

janeg@mun.ca


 

Jane Green, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the Faculty of Medicine with Memorial University. Dr. Green’s research interests include Genetic Isolates resulting in clusters of genetic disease; hereditary eye disorders; Bardet-Biedl syndrome; hereditary colon cancers including Lynch Syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis; and hereditary breast cancer. She has been at the head of genetic research of hereditary cancers and hereditary eye diseases for 35 years.
 
Dr. Green has used Newfoundland’s unique population to document clinical diseases within and between families, to map relevant disease genes and to link clinical phenotypes to certain mutations. This research has led to the development of screening programs and better treatment of genetic disorders. Her research work has improved clinical care and quality of life for hundreds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. She has published numerous papers and made many invited presentations including in rural Newfoundland. She has received many awards in her career including a Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2008, the Founders Award for Excellence in Medical Genetics from the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists in 2012, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2013, and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2014.
 

Our Offices

Medical Education Center   |   Room 3M 411

Faculty of Medicine   |    Memorial University of Newfoundland

300 Prince Phillip Drive

St. John¹s, Newfoundland   |    A1B 3V6

T  709 864 6461

cancergenetics@med.mun.ca 

www.med.mun.ca/Lynch-Syndrome-Research

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