Turnstone Biologics


At the 5th annual Hair Donation Ottawa event 2015, Dr. Stojdl, alongside boom 99.7's Dylan Black & HDO CEO Helene Hutchings, got well and truly involved in the fundraising by picking up the clippers on Ottawa Flashpoint Photobooth! Hair Donation Ottawa donates half of their annual proceeds to the Stojdl Lab at CHEO to support our research into oncolytic virus biotherapies for cancer patients.

April 2015

May 2015

The Stojdl Lab's brilliant researchers, Melanie Labelle and Kristina Allan, were demon riders in this year's CN Cycle event that raised a record-breaking $942,720 for cancer research at CHEO!

Well done, Kris and Mel!

Professor Stojdl appeared on CTV Ottawa on 3rd March 2015 to talk about the exciting new research the lab is currently involved in, including the use of Farmington virus as an oncolytic biotherapy for brain cancer!

March 2015

March 2015

The Stojdl lab's research, on finding and re-designing cancer-killing "oncolytic" viruses to treat cancer patients, has been showcased in a lovely new video from CHEO!

May 2015

The Stojdl Lab has partnered to create a new biotechnology company, Turnstone Biologics Inc., designed to rapidly develop new viral biotherapeutics that harness a patient’s own immune system against their cancer. Turnstone represents a collaboration between the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, McMaster University, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), the University of Ottawa and FACIT. Read more here.

July 2015

The Stojdl Lab has received $200,000 in funding from the BioCanRx network to support the clinical development of a new virus biotherapy to treat patients with the devastating brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The project will custom build a single virus designed to activate immune cell populations that are already established at unprecendented levels in the majority of individuals. Click the cool infographics below for more information, or click here.

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July 2015

The Stojdl lab's immune-stimulating cancer-killing virus has treated its first cancer patients in Ottawa. This therapy has reached patients after 15 years of intensive research at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, together with scientists at McMaster University and the Ottawa Hospital. Read more here.

August 2015

Helene Hutchings, CEO of Hair Donation Ottawa, dropped by the lab to donate a wonderful $126,387 to fund our oncolytic virus research at CHEO. Huge thanks to all the frankly amazing people who support Hair Donation Ottawa and donate all their time, energy and HAIR to ultimately support our work.


September 2015

The Stojdl lab was out in force at the recent Terry Fox run in Ottawa representing the huge team of Canadian oncolytic virus researchers who are working to improve the way we treat cancer at CHEO and beyond. #TerryFox35

November 2015

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario came to visit our lab on a field trip as part of their Ontario-wide Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter campaign. This campaign is designed to highlight the importance of scientific research in hospitals across Ontario. Not only does such research help patients to get better treatments, but it also helps the provincial and federal government make solid evidence-based decisions for health and medicine in Ontario - and beyond.

February 2016

12 year-old Elias and his family stopped by the lab to drop off a cheque for $320 to support our oncolytic virus immunotherapy research! Elias was diagnosed with a brain tumour in late 2015, and has already been through surgery and chemotherapy, and is just about to start radiation therapy at CHEO. Elias and his entire extended family gave up Christmas presents last year, and saved up all the money they saved to donate to our lab.

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April 2016

The Stojdl lab was thrilled to have an outreach session at the annual Hair Donation Ottawa event at Algonquin College - and have an extra special guest (Dr. Stojdl's daughter) donate her hair for cancer research!

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