The Latner Thoracic Research Program: Scientific direction of research streams

Improved efficacy of research and education in the laboratory

Capstone Summary:

Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratories (LL) is one of the most successful research programs worldwide in lung cancer and lung transplant research. LL publishes one peer-reviewed publication every two weeks. On the translational front, this program has developed ground-breaking clinical applications of which Ex-vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) is a good example. EVLP is a revolutionary technique to assess and treat donor lungs and has been translated into clinical use in Canada and is now pending regulatory approval for use in the U.S.

Capstone Team: 

Ms. Hillary Chan, HBSc MHScTR HBSc MHScTR

Clinical Transplant Systems, Trillium Gift of Life Network Clinical Transplant Systems, Trillium Gift of Life Network
Project analyst Project analyst


Dr. Jussi Tikkanen, MD PhD MHScTR MD PhD MHScTR

UHN University of Toronto UHN University of Toronto
Assistant Professor Clinical Fellow Assistant Professor Clinical Fellow


Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok, PhD

Translational Research Program Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Kevin Vuong,

Delphic Research
Vice President & COO

Jerome Valero,

Princess Margaret Hospital

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, MD MSc FRCSC FACS

Innovation, Dept. of Surgery, University of Toronto Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI), Cancer Clinical Research Unit (CCRU), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Division of Thoracic Surgery & Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine Latner Thoracic Research Laboratories Surgical Services and Critical Care UHN Toronto Lung Transplant Program James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery
Vice Chair Senior Scientist Director Professor Surgeon-in-Chief

Colin D. Furness, BSc, MISt, PhD, MPH

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor (Cross-appointment)

"The TRP really speaks to the patient-centred approach to research.”

 - Connie Putterman, Parent Advocate, Cohort 2017