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Welcome Dr. Kevin Hay! Newly appointed Clinician-Scientist, to the Terry Fox Laboratory and the Leukemia/BMT Program of BC

Posted January 11, 2019 | News

On behalf of Dr. Francois Bénard, Vice President Research, and Dr. Pamela Hoodless, Director, Terry Fox Laboratory, please join us in welcoming Dr. Kevin Hay, a newly appointed Clinician-Scientist, to the Terry Fox Laboratory and the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC.

Kevin received his Master of Science in Immunology at the University of Manitoba (2008), followed by an MD (2011). After completing his residency in Internal Medicine (2014) and a clinical fellowship in Haematology (2016) at the University of British Columbia, he was awarded a scholarship through the Clinician Investigator Program of UBC to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in cellular immunotherapy which he completed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Cameron Turtle. Dr. Hay’s translational research focuses on development and clinical application of novel cellular immunotherapies, particularly chimeric antigen receptor-modified (CAR-)T cells.

Dr. Hays’ recruitment was made possible by major commitments from multiple partners including PHSA, BC Cancer, BC Cancer Foundation, and the Division of Hematology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Joining BC Cancer officially in January 2019, he has already begun setting up his laboratory space, orienting into his new clinical roles, and working to establish a translational CAR-T cell therapy program in collaboration with Drs. Holt and Nelson. Dr. Hay will also serve as the Medical Director of the Clinical Cellular Therapy Laboratory, which processes patients’ cells for transplant to treat a variety of cancers. As an Assistant Professor at UBC, he will also utilize his expertise in immunotherapy, clinical haematology, and haematopoietic cell transplantation to mentor and supervise students and fellows in medicine and research.

More information on Dr. Hays’ research and clinical programs is available on the Terry Fox Laboratory website www.terryfoxlab.ca.