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The Association for Science and Reason (Skeptics Canada) Monthly Meetup

Toronto Skeptics in the Pub Event: This month, Ankur Chakravarthy will be speaking to us on liquid biopsies for cancer detection. The early detection of cancer is often critical, as the treatment of late stage cancers that are not curable with surgery is an extremely complex endeavour due to the challenges posed by the evolutionary complexity of tumours. With the advent of cancer genomics, efforts to detect cancer early have increasingly sought to use the detection of cancer-specific changes in body fluids (so called “liquid biopsies”). Recent work co-first authored by the speaker and colleagues, published recently in the journal Nature, has described the use of epigenetic changes that define cancers and healthy tissues alike during development towards developing markedly more sensitive blood tests for the early detection of cancer. The talk will cover both these findings and the broader field of liquid biopsies and the various applications these methods have in the management of cancer, and the challenges and pitfalls around these technologies. Ankur Chakravarthy PhD, is Guglietti fellow in Cancer Immunotherapy, De Carvalho group, at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto. We'll be at our usual venue, the Fox and Fiddle, just across from Wellesley Subway station. To find us, tell the wait staff you are looking for the Skeptics. We should be on the 3rd Floor. The Association for Science and Reason (formerly Skeptics Canada) (http://www.scienceandreason.ca ) has opened its regular monthly dinner to interested Meetup members, and it has been a lot of fun. Heated discussion, hot food, good company--a great way to spend the evening without losing I.Q. points. As usual, don't be put off by the small number of people signing up through Meetup. Most of the regulars do not respond, they just show up. We typically have between 15 and 20 attendees.

The Association for Science and Reason (Skeptics Canada) Monthly Meetup

Toronto Skeptics in the Pub Event: Check back later to see what is happening this month. We may have a speaker, or maybe we will just have a free and open discussion. In any case we will have a nice, enjoyable time with a friendly group of skeptically minded people. We'll be at our usual venue, the Fox and Fiddle, just across from Wellesley Subway station. To find us, tell the wait staff you are looking for the Skeptics. We should be on the 3rd Floor. The Association for Science and Reason (formerly Skeptics Canada) ( http://www.scienceandreason.ca ) has opened its regular monthly dinner to interested Meetup members, and it has been a lot of fun. Heated discussion, hot food, good company--a great way to spend the evening without losing I.Q. points. As usual, don't be put off by the small number of people signing up through Meetup. Most of the regulars do not respond, they just show up. We typically have between 30 and 50 attendees.

The Association for Science and Reason (Skeptics Canada) Monthly Meetup

Toronto Skeptics in the Pub Event: Check back later to see what is happening this month. We may have a speaker, or maybe we will just have a free and open discussion. In any case we will have a nice, enjoyable time with a friendly group of skeptically minded people. We'll be at our usual venue, the Fox and Fiddle, just across from Wellesley Subway station. To find us, tell the wait staff you are looking for the Skeptics. We should be on the 3rd Floor. The Association for Science and Reason (formerly Skeptics Canada) ( http://www.scienceandreason.ca ) has opened its regular monthly dinner to interested Meetup members, and it has been a lot of fun. Heated discussion, hot food, good company--a great way to spend the evening without losing I.Q. points. As usual, don't be put off by the small number of people signing up through Meetup. Most of the regulars do not respond, they just show up. We typically have between 30 and 50 attendees.

The Association for Science and Reason (Skeptics Canada) Monthly Meetup

Toronto Skeptics in the Pub Event: Check back later to see what is happening this month. We may have a speaker, or maybe we will just have a free and open discussion. In any case we will have a nice, enjoyable time with a friendly group of skeptically minded people. We'll be at our usual venue, the Fox and Fiddle, just across from Wellesley Subway station. To find us, tell the wait staff you are looking for the Skeptics. We should be on the 3rd Floor. The Association for Science and Reason (formerly Skeptics Canada) ( http://www.scienceandreason.ca ) has opened its regular monthly dinner to interested Meetup members, and it has been a lot of fun. Heated discussion, hot food, good company--a great way to spend the evening without losing I.Q. points. As usual, don't be put off by the small number of people signing up through Meetup. Most of the regulars do not respond, they just show up. We typically have between 30 and 50 attendees.

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