Margarete Akens, PhD

Dr. Margarete Akens' research interests include bone related cancers and bone repair with focus on the development of innovative treatment options. She has extensive experience working with pre-clinical bone cancer models and studying the effect of photodynamic therapy on both cancer cells and bone.

Cancer occurs naturally in animals with a similar frequency as in humans, but due to the shorter life span everything happens faster. Dr. Akens will lead the Comparative Oncology Program at STTARR, which will create collaborations between veterinarians and physicians to accelerate knowledge of cancer biology and clinical care.
Breast Cancer Res. 2007;9(4):R47
Yee AJ, Akens M, Yang BL, Finkelstein J, Zheng PS, Deng Z, Yang B
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2006;19(3):147-56
von Rechenberg B, Akens MK, Nadler D, Bittmann P, Zlinszky K, Kästner SB, Auer JA
Photochem Photobiol. 2005 Nov-Dec;81(6):1351-5
Moriyama Y, Moriyama EH, Blackmore K, Akens MK, Lilge L
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2005;6:23
Akens MK, Hurtig MB
Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2004 May-Jun;45(3):247-54
Wergin MC, Ballmer-Hofer K, Roos M, Achermann RE, Inteeworn N, Akens MK, Blattmann H, Kaser-Hotz B
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2004 Mar 3;5:7
El-Warrak AO, Olmstead M, Schneider R, Meinel L, Bettschart-Wolfisberger R, Akens MK, Auer J, von Rechenberg B
Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2004 Mar;12(3):201-16
von Rechenberg B, Akens MK, Nadler D, Bittmann P, Zlinszky K, Neges K, Auer JA
J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2003 Aug;26(4):271-6
Kästner SB, Wapf P, Feige K, Demuth D, Bettschart- Wolfensberger R, Akens MK, Huhtinen M
Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2003 Apr;11(4):265-77
von Rechenberg B, Akens MK, Nadler D, Bittmann P, Zlinszky K, Kutter A, Poole AR, Auer JA
J Vet Med A Physiol Pathol Clin Med. 2002 Feb;49(1):39-45
Akens MK, von RB, Bittmann P, Nadler D, Zlinszky K, Auer JA


Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto