Staff

Dr. Winson Cheung
Dr. Winson Cheung

Dr. Winson Cheung

Principal Director

Dr. Winson Y. Cheung, MD, MPH, is a senior medical oncologist and real-world data scientist with over 15 years of cancer research experience. He is currently a Full Professor in the Departments of Oncology, Medicine, and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary where he is also the Provincial Director and Chair of the Health Services Research and Real-World Evidence (RWE) Generation Program at Cancer Care Alberta. Dr. Cheung’s main research interest is health outcomes research and RWE generation across all cancer types, including solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. He has cultivated strong and effective partnerships with public and private sectors. In addition to being the Principal Director of the Glans-Look Lung Cancer Research Program, he is the Principal Director of the Oncology Outcomes (O2) Program that focuses on enriching data sources and leveraging new technologies to facilitate “fit-for-purpose” cancer RWE generation. Dr. Cheung’s track record in the RWE space includes invitations to over 100 presentations, more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and the receipt of more than $10 million in competitive grant funding. He acts as the chief sounding board for projects using cancer data and serves as the preferred point of first contact for oncology RWE queries in Alberta.

Dr. Aliyah Pabani
Dr. Aliyah Pabani

Dr. Aliyah Pabani

Clinical Director

Dr. Pabani is a Medical Oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB and is currently appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She completed her Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology Training at the University of Alberta and a fellowship in Thoracic Oncology and Immunotherapy at Columbia University in New York City. She is involved in medical education and currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Medical Oncology training program in Calgary. Dr. Pabani is actively involved in clinical trials of lung malignancies. She has a research interest in predictors of immunotherapy response and in better managing toxicities associated with immunotherapy. She has received funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation supporting her research. Dr. Pabani joined the Glans-Look team in 2020, and provides clinical oversight to the program as a lung cancer specialist.

Michelle Dean

Michelle Dean

Research Program Manager

Michelle Dean is a University of Calgary alumnus (B.Sc. Biological Sciences, B.Sc. Anthropology) with ten years of research experience working within the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine as well as Translational Laboratories at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.  After working as an IHC and image analysis specialist with the Functional Tissue Imaging Unit, Michelle assumed the coordinator role for Glans-Look Research in September 2017.  She manages quality improvement studies within the program, and seeks to expand collaborations with other researchers.  Michelle is also working to identify actionable biomarkers using metrics collected by the program to evaluate their ability to predict clinical outcomes, leading to the development of a personalized treatment approach.

Amanda Gibson
Amanda Gibson

Amanda Gibson

Lead Research Associate

Amanda graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc (Hons) Ecology, and began her career with the (former) Alberta Cancer Board as a Research Assistant. She joined the Glans-Look Research program as a Research Assistant in 2016. In addition to collecting clinical data, Amanda is involved in GLR database design and a variety of research projects including exploring factors influencing the survival of patients with metastatic NSCLC, and investigating the mortality rate of NSCLC patients undergoing chemotherapy at the TBCC.

Anifat Elegbede

Anifat Elegbede

Research Assistant

Anifat Elegbede graduated with a Bachelor degree in Medicine and surgery, M.B.Ch.B, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.  She worked as an Intern in Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex and as a Medical officer in Nigerian Law School Medical centre before relocating to Canada in December 2009.  She completed her Master’s degree in Medical sciences under the supervision of Dr. Gwyn Bebb focusing on lung cancer development in the Translational Research laboratory, and lends her expertise to the maintenance of the Glans-Look Research repository.

Dr. Haocheng Li

Dr. Haocheng Li

Statistician

Dr. Haocheng Li is a newly appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Oncology and Community Health Sciences at University of Calgary in Canada. He obtained PhD degree in Statistics-Biostatistics at the University of Waterloo and conducted 2-year post-doctoral research in biostatistics at Texas A&M University.  His publications appear in biostatistics journals, such as Biometrics and Biostatistics, as well as cancer research journals such as Breast Cancer Research and Radiation Oncology. His current research interests include statistical analysis of electronic health data and cancer research data. Haocheng is currently involved in several projects as he continues to provide contribute his expertise and experience.

Adrijana D’Silva

Adrijana D’Silva

Research Associate

Adrijana graduated from the University of Calgary in 2011 with a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a Master’s in Health Studies from Athabasca University in 2017. Her thesis work, under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Vallance, focused on the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behavior, and patient outcomes among lung cancer survivors. Adrijana worked with the GLD Research team for several years as a Research Associate, and continues to collaborate with the group on several projects. Since September 2017, Adrijana has been a PhD student in the Health & Wellness Lab. She aims to work with lung cancer patients and their healthcare providers to develop and implement a community-based exercise program for lung cancer survivors across Alberta. Adrijana also coordinates the Thrive Centre, a free fitness facility for cancer patients and their support persons.

(https://www.ucalgary.ca/healthandwellnesslab/programs/thrive-centre).

Dr. Shannon Otsuka

Dr. Shannon Otsuka

Research Associate (former)

Shannon Otsuka began to build a repository for the Glans-Look Research program in 2006 by retrospectively collecting clinical data for patients diagnosed between the years of 1999 to 2010.  During that time, she worked on a number of projects relating to lung cancer and also completed graduate degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Calgary with Dr. Bebb as her supervisor. Her work on the role of the CXCR4/SDF-1 in NSCLC was published in 2011. Shannon is currently a resident in family medicine at the University of Calgary.