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Theresa Allen

Theresa M. Allen is a Professor of Pharmacology and an Adjunct Professor of Oncology at the University of Alberta. Allen isolated the anti-inflammatory compound Contignasteral, found in a marine sponge. This compound is effective in asthma therapy and is currently undergoing clinical drug trials. She also researches drug delivery systems and has developed the Stealth liposome which is important in anti-cancer treatments. Stealth liposomes disguise themselves as water to avoid being destroyed by the body's immune system as they travel through the blood to release drugs near tumours. In 2001, Health Canada approved the drug, Caelyx, based on Stealth liposomes, as a treatment for women with ovarian cancer. Allen was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2005.

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