Founded over 20 years ago, Rattle Me Bones has raised over $1M dollars for research in bone and soft tissue cancers. The most common type of primary bone/soft tissue cancer is sarcoma. There are many different types of sarcoma and they can all act quite differently. This means that we know very little about the best types of treatments for this particular type of cancer. There has been very little research dedicated to this rare form of cancer to date. That is why Rattle Me Bones is so important. 100% of the funds raised go towards bone/soft tissue cancer research. This research is done right here in Ottawa at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Rattle Me Bones is proudly presented to you by Valerie’s Flutter Foundation and the division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital.
Where exactly are these funds going? All of the money raised stays here in Ottawa and is currently put towards valuable research being done by Dr. Diallo and his research team at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). Dr. Diallo obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, followed by his Masters degree in Biochemistry at McGill University, and his Ph.D in Molecular Biology at the Université de Montreal. Dr. Diallo completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the OHRI, where he is now Scientist since 2012. With the help of funds from Rattle Me Bones and Valerie’s Flutter Foundation, Dr. Diallo’s research team is currently working to study and develop a treatment for cancer called oncolytic virus immunotherapy. Their research aims to enhance this highly promising form of therapy that helps the patient’s immune system to fight cancer. Dr. Diallo and his team are tailoring it so it can be used for the treatment of sarcoma, for which treatment options have not changed in over 20 years.
For more information on Dr. Diallo and his research, please visit: http://www.ohri.ca/profile/jdiallo/profile.