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Rebecca Ann C. Auer


MSc, Molecular Biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2003

MD, Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 2000 

Current position

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada    

Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada    

Associate, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Associate Scientist, Centre for Cancer Therapeutics, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


  1. Tai, L. H., Zhang, J., Scott, K. J., Tanese de Souza, C., Alkayyal, A. A., Abhirami Ananth, A., Sahi, S., Adair, R. A., Bakur Mahmoud, A., Sad, S., Bell, J. C., Makrigiannis, A. P., Melcher, A. A. and Auer, R. (2013). Perioperative influenza vaccination reduces post-operative metastatic disease by reversing surgery-induced dysfunction in natural killer cells. Clin Cancer Res. In press.
  2. Menezes, A. S., Barnes, A., Scheer, A. S., Martel, G., Moloo, H., Boushey, R. P., Sabri, E. and Auer, R. C. (2013). Clinical Research in Surgical Oncology: An Analysis of ClinicalTrials.gov. Ann Surg Oncol.
  3. Tai, L. H., de Souza, C. T., Belanger, S., Ly, L., Alkayyal, A. A., Zhang, J., Rintoul, J. L., Ananth, A. A., Lam, T., Breitbach, C. J., Falls, T. J., Kirn, D. H., Bell, J. C., Makrigiannis, A. P. and Auer, R. A. (2013). Preventing postoperative metastatic disease by inhibiting surgery-induced dysfunction in natural killer cells. Cancer Res 73(1): 97-107.
  4. Seth, R., Tai, L. H., Falls, T., de Souza, C. T., Bell, J. C., Carrier, M., Atkins, H., Boushey, R. and Auer, R. A. (2013). Surgical stress promotes the development of cancer metastases by a coagulation-dependent mechanism involving natural killer cells in a murine model. Ann Surg 258(1): 158-168.
  5. Auer, R. A., Scheer, A. S., McSparron, J. I., Schulman, A. R., Tuorto, S., Doucette, S., Gonsalves, J. and Fong, Y. (2012). Postoperative venous thromboembolism predicts survival in cancer patients. Ann Surg 255(5): 963-970.
  6. Scheer, A. S., O'Connor, A. M., Chan, B. P., Moloo, H., Poulin, E. C., Mamazza, J., Auer, R. C. and Boushey, R. P. (2012). The myth of informed consent in rectal cancer surgery: what do patients retain? Dis Colon Rectum 55(9): 970-975.
  7. Lemay, C. G., Rintoul, J. L., Kus, A., Paterson, J. M., Garcia, V., Falls, T. J., Ferreira, L., Bridle, B. W., Conrad, D. P., Tang, V. A., Diallo, J. S., Arulanandam, R., Le Boeuf, F., Garson, K., Vanderhyden, B. C., Stojdl, D. F., Lichty, B. D., Atkins, H. L., Parato, K. A., Bell, J. C. and Auer, R. C. (2012). Harnessing oncolytic virus-mediated antitumor immunity in an infected cell vaccine. Mol Ther 20(9): 1791-1799.
  8. Chan, B. P., Gomes, T., Musselman, R. P., Auer, R. C., Moloo, H., Mamdani, M., Al-Omran, M., Boushey, R. P. and Alobeed, O. (2012). Trends in colon cancer surgery in Ontario: 2002-2009. Colorectal Dis 14(10): e708-712.
  9. Musselman, R. P., Gomes, T., Chan, B. P., Auer, R. C., Moloo, H., Mamdani, M., Al-Omran, M., Al-Obeed, O. and Boushey, R. P. (2012). Changing trends in rectal cancer surgery in Ontario: 2002-2009. Colorectal Dis 14(12): 1467-1472.
  10. Rintoul, J. L., Lemay, C. G., Tai, L. H., Stanford, M. M., Falls, T. J., de Souza, C. T., Bridle, B. W., Daneshmand, M., Ohashi, P. S., Wan, Y., Lichty, B. D., Mercer, A. A., Auer, R. C., Atkins, H. L. and Bell, J. C. (2012). ORFV: a novel oncolytic and immune stimulating parapoxvirus therapeutic. Mol Ther 20(6): 1148-1157.
  11. Mohammad, W. M., Martel, G., Mimeault, R., Fairfull-Smith, R. J., Auer, R. C. and Balaa, F. K. (2012). Evaluating agreement regarding the resectability of colorectal liver metastases: a national case-based survey of hepatic surgeons. HPB (Oxford) 14(5): 291-297.
  12. Auer, R. and Bell, J. C. (2012). Oncolytic viruses: smart therapeutics for smart cancers. Future Oncol 8(1): 1-4.
  13. Auer, R., Scheer, A., Wells, P. S., Boushey, R., Asmis, T., Jonker, D. and Carrier, M. (2011). The use of extended perioperative low molecular weight heparin (tinzaparin) to improve disease-free survival following surgical resection of colon cancer: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis 22(8): 760-762.
  14. Quan D, Gallinger S, Nhan C, Auer RC, Biagi JJ, Law CHL, Moulton CE, Ruo L, Wei AC, McLeod RC. The role of liver resection for colorectal cancer metastases in an era of multimodality treatment: A Systematic Review. Surgery 2012 Jun;151(6):860-70.
  15. Parato, K. A., Breitbach, C. J., Le Boeuf, F., Wang, J., Storbeck, C., Ilkow, C., Diallo, J. S., Falls, T., Burns, J., Garcia, V., Kanji, F., Evgin, L., Hu, K., Paradis, F., Knowles, S., Hwang, T. H., Vanderhyden, B. C., Auer, R., Kirn, D. H. and Bell, J. C. (2012). The oncolytic poxvirus JX-594 selectively replicates in and destroys cancer cells driven by genetic pathways commonly activated in cancers. Mol Ther 20(4): 749-758.
  16. Le Boeuf, F., Niknejad, N., Wang, J., Auer, R., Weberpals, J. I., Bell, J. C. and Dimitroulakos, J. (2012). Sensitivity of cervical carcinoma cells to vesicular stomatitis virus-induced oncolysis: potential role of human papilloma virus infection. Int J Cancer 131(3): E204-215.
  17. Yarom, N., Marginean, C., Moyana, T., Gorn-Hondermann, I., Birnboim, H. C., Marginean, H., Auer, R. C., Vickers, M., Asmis, T. R., Maroun, J. and Jonker, D. (2010). EGFR expression variance in paired colorectal cancer primary and metastatic tumors. Cancer Biol Ther 10(5): 416-421.
  18. Le Boeuf, F., Diallo, J. S., McCart, J. A., Thorne, S., Falls, T., Stanford, M., Kanji, F., Auer, R., Brown, C. W., Lichty, B. D., Parato, K., Atkins, H., Kirn, D. and Bell, J. C. (2010). Synergistic interaction between oncolytic viruses augments tumor killing. Mol Ther 18(5): 888-895.
  19. Auer, R. C., White, R. R., Kemeny, N. E., Schwartz, L. H., Shia, J., Blumgart, L. H., Dematteo, R. P., Fong, Y., Jarnagin, W. R. and D'Angelica, M. I. (2010). Predictors of a true complete response among disappearing liver metastases from colorectal cancer after chemotherapy. Cancer 116(6): 1502-1509.
Protocols by Rebecca Ann C. Auer
  1. Ex vivo Natural Killer Cell Cytotoxicity Assay
  2. Natural Killer Cell Transfer Assay