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RET, Relay, and RIOT

RET, Relay, and RIOT

In a video interview with the Review,PhD candidate Mathieu Crupi discusses his research and talks about why community outreach and fundraising are so important to him.

In Dr. Lois Mulligan’s lab in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Mathieu Crupi studies the RET protein.

RET plays an important role in kidney and enteric nervous system development, but can contribute to many human cancers, including those of the thyroid, lung, breast and pancreas.

Outside the lab, Mr. Crupi is involved in fundraising efforts to support cancer research. He was co-president of this spring’s Queen’s Relay for Life event. He is also active, with many of his peers, in community outreach and education initiatives on the topic of cancer.

Mr. Crupi is a co-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society’s RIOT – Research Information Outreach Team – a group of Queen’s graduate and post-doctoral students who share information on cancer prevention, treatment and research with the Kingston community. This spring, the team held its second annual “Let’s Talk Cancer” event, an educational symposium for local high school students to visit Queen’s to learn about cancer research.

The Canadian Cancer Society has spawned three inaugural “Let’s Talk Cancer” events this year in Toronto, London, and Ottawa.


The RET protein is present on the surface of cells in the human body; it is responsible for receiving signals from outside a cell and passing on the messages within the cell.


[photo of Kingston RIOT group]
Members of Kingston RIOT. Back (l-r): Kelly Brennan, Maximilian Niit, Stephanie Guy, Catherine Crawford-Brown, Mathieu Crupi, Zaid Taha, Victoria Hoskin, Piriya Yoganathan.
Front (l-r): Carmen Chan, Katrina Cristall, Nikita Williams.

Queen’s Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, which supports investigators at the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute and the Canadian Cancer Trials Group. The 2016 Queen’s event raised $100,000. the Queen’s Relay for Life student volunteers also organize cancer awareness events around campus throughout the year.


This spring, the Kingston Research Information Outreach Team hosted its second annual “Let’s Talk Cancer” event on campus. More than 250 local high school students visited Queen’s to learn about cancer biology, research opportunities, and new developments in treatments.

[cover of Alumni Review 2016 Issue 3]