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Siyaram Pandey

Pam and DanBiochemistry PhD student Pam Ovadje and third-year undergrad Daniel Tarade recently presented their research at the Natural Health Products Research Society annual conference in British Columbia and came home with top honours in the oral and poster presentation competitions.

Cancer cell 'suicide' aim of award-winning students

Assisted suicide is topic guaranteed to court all kinds of controversy.

However one place where you’ll get general consensus on the matter is among the students working in the biochemistry lab of Siyaram Pandey, where rather than people, they help cancer cells commit suicide.

“One of the hallmarks of cancer cells is that they forget how to die,” says third-year undergrad Daniel Tarade. “We’re forcing their hand, and causing them to commit suicide.”

Donors boost research into natural cancer treatments

Research into the use of dandelion root extract to fight cancer is coming too late for Jennifer Ward’s father, but she hopes that in his memory, she can contribute to work to help others.

Earlier this year, Ward sent a $10,000 contribution to biochemistry professor Siyaram Pandey’s Kevin Couvillon Cancer Research Project.

Her father died of colon cancer in August 2012, says Ward, a Calgary resident. She had come across accounts of Dr. Pandey’s research while looking into treatments options for her father.

Indian dinner to support cancer research project

India’s consul general to Toronto, Preeti Saran, is the guest of honour at the annual dinner of the India Canada Association of Windsor-Essex County, this year supporting a research project at the University of Windsor.

The event will benefit biochemistry professor Siyaram Pandey’s Kevin Couvillon cancer research project. Organizers promise a fun-filled evening with fine Indian food, dances and a performance by Bollywood Bounces.

Local charity donates $10,000 to cancer research project

Her brother Kevin survived cancer but was ultimately killed by side effects of its treatment, says Kate Couvillon. That’s why she welcomes research into alternatives to chemotherapy, like the work on dandelion root extract conducted in the lab of UWindsor professor Siyaram Pandey.

“I think it’s good that people reach out in support of efforts like this,” she said September 20, as the Pajama Angels made a $10,000 donation to the Kevin Couvillon Research Project.

Student researchers inspired by legacy of cancer patient

Every morning when they go to work in their Essex Hall biochemistry lab, PhD students Pam Ovadje and Dennis Ma get an inspirational reminder of why they’re there. Mounted on the door to that lab is a plaque dedicating the space to the memory of Kevin Couvillon, who died at the age of 26 in November 2010, after a three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.