Dr. Robert Lafrenie and his team have recently focused on studying alternate therapies for cancer.

They have also been studying the role of cell adhesion in cancer progression and have been characterizing molecular markers that can be used to predict the response of patients to anti-cancer therapies.

Dr. Lafrenie supervises and trains many students completing their Masters and PhD degrees. One of his students has shown that treatment of cancer cells with flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) strongly inhibits their growth and promotes cancer cell death. Another student has demonstrated that electromagnetic fields have the potential to reduce tumour growth and has found that unlike chemical treatments (i.e. chemotherapy) that are strongly dependent on the vascular system for delivery, extremely low frequency magnetic fields directly penetrate tissue.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lafrenie then attended McMaster University for his Masters and PhD degrees in Medical Sciences. He was a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Dental Research and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lafrenie is currently the Laboratory Director at the Northeast Cancer Center. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Biology, and Program in Biomolecular Sciences at Laurentian University. He is also an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Researching alternative therapies for cancer treatments – Northern Life