Dr. Lois Shepherd is the Operational Director of the Tumour Tissue Data Repository (TTDR) and Senior Investigator at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) at Queen’s University. She is also a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine at Queen’s. Dr. Shepherd received her MD at McGill University and completed training as a Hematopathologist at the University of Ottawa. Her focus at the CCTG has been in Haematology and Breast Cancer, as well as the development of the National Tumour/Tissue Repository associated with the CCTG and correlative studies in clinical trials.
The CCTG is a cooperative and collaborative trials group that designs and conducts academic clinical trials in cancer therapy, supportive care and prevention across Canada. The Central Operations and Statistics Office is located in the Cancer Research Institute at Queen’s University and oversees the TTDR which is part of the Queen’s Laboratory for Molecular Pathology. The TTDR is a national resource which collects, catalogs, stores and releases biological samples, all of which are linked to an associated clinical dataset. The repository contains tens of thousands of tumour and normal tissue, plasma, serum whole blood, nucleic acids, and urine and buccal scrapings.
Dr. Shepherd is a Collaborator on the grant. The TTDR will host the Networks central biobank, and as the Operational Director she will work with individual collection sites to implement collection and storage of biological samples, will provide IT personnel to assist with database development for biological specimens and linkage to clinical datasets and will work with the Network to set-up a correlative science committee to review requests to access biobank material.