Pamela Ovadje (right) receiving the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation–Postdoctoral from Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Government of Canada in Ottawa November 24, 2015. (Photo provided by Mitacs)

Promising Local Cancer Research

Promising research at the University of Windsor could lead to new improved cancer treatments.

Dr. Pamela Ovadje is researching the anti-cancer properties in several natural extracts in a particular dandelion root. She says results have been promising and have led to the approval of a human trial here in Windsor.

“We’re looking forward to the trials because that’s what’s going to validate a lot of the work that we’ve done. It’s going to help us determine if this extract could potentially be a form of treatment,” says Ovadje. “It’s going to help us determine exactly how safe it is for human consumption. Like I said with the work that we’ve done we haven’t seen any toxicity and it appears to be effective.”

The human trial will focus on blood cancers but Ovadje says they’ve tested the extract on other kinds of cancer cells as well.

Ovadje won the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation for her work on this research.