Dr. Gang Zheng - Senior Scientist

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Progress in nanotechnology is opening a realm of possibilities for Dr. Gang Zheng and his team at The Princess Margaret.

Nanoparticles are small enough to reach almost any part of the body, giving them remarkable potential. With imaging done via nanoparticles, cancer can be detected in its earliest stages, when just a few cells are affected. These same nanoparticles can also be directed to embed themselves in tumours, deliver targeted treatments, and offer rapid updates on the effectiveness of those treatments.

Dr. Zheng has developed a unique nanoparticle that has caught the attention of the scientific community. This nanoparticle uses heat and light in a controlled manner to potentially target and eliminate tumours with greater precision.


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"You can determine the best treatment schedule, design the best treatment strategy, and find out whether this therapy is actually the best fit for the patient."

In nanotechnology, Dr. Zheng sees an unprecedented integration of the technologies and expertise at The Princess Margaret. "None of this was possible even 10 years ago,"" he says. "We’re now seeing that fantasy can become very much the reality if we push hard enough."

Dr. Zheng hopes his nanotechnology will be ready for a clinical trial in December 2018.


Transforming Cancer Care through Technology:

We built the MRgRT, combining the power of MR imaging with radiation treatment, a first in Canada.

Transforming Cancer Care through Technology:

Dr. Gang Zheng has developed a nanoparticle that can track what happens to a drug in real time.

Transforming Cancer Care through Technology:

We built the GTxOR, Canada's most technologically advanced research operating facility.

Transforming Cancer Care through Technology:

We have created a blood test that can predict a patient's response to cancer treatment.

Transforming Cancer Care through Technology:

Artificial Intelligence is being used to create complex radiation planning in minutes instead of hours.


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