Suzanne Trudel, MSc, MD

My area of research concerns new drug development for the treatment of mature B cell malignancies based on molecular targets. This encompasses drug discovery and pharmacological profiling of candidate compounds, pre-clinical studies to validate the target and determine potential therapeutic mechanisms of action, the establishment of appropriate animal models for drug testing, and the development of Phase I/II clinical trials.

Chromosomal translocations are present in approximately 50% of multiple myeloma patients and probably represent the first and defining genetic event that leads to the development of this disease. Characterization of these translocations has led to the identification of critical dysregulated oncogenes (FGFR3 and MMSET, c-maf and mafB, cyclin D1 and D3) that are potential molecular targets for anti-cancer agents.

We have recently validated FGFR3 as molecular therapeutic target in t(4;14) myeloma and have identified CHIR-258 as an active drug against FGFR3 expressing myeloma cells in pre-clinical studies. We are about to launch the first ever, clinical trial of FGFR3 inhibition in myeloma and are focusing our efforts on the development and implementation of relevant biological endpoints for this novel class of anti-tumor drug. Validation of additional molecular targets in myeloma such as MMSET and the maf and cyclin family of genes is also under development.
JAAD Case Rep. 2018 Nov;4(10):1052-1054
Devred I, Arnault JP, Adas A, Rea D, Lombart F, Sevestre H, Trudel S, Lok C, Chaby G
Lancet Oncol. 2018 Nov 12;:
Trudel S, Lendvai N, Popat R, Voorhees PM, Reeves B, Libby EN, Richardson PG, Anderson LD, Sutherland HJ, Yong K, Hoos A, Gorczyca MM, Lahiri S, He Z, Austin DJ, Opalinska JB, Cohen AD
BMC Cancer. 2018 Oct 11;18(1):964
Loriguet L, Morisse MC, Dremaux J, Collet L, Attencourt C, Coutte A, Boone M, Sevestre H, Galmiche A, Gubler B, Chauffert B, Trudel S
Leuk Lymphoma. 2018 Oct 02;:1-10
Chen CI, Paul H, Snitzler S, Kakar S, Le LW, Wei EN, Lau A, Johnston JB, Gibson SB, Queau M, Spaner D, Croucher D, Sherry B, Trudel S
Leuk Lymphoma. 2018 Jun 19;:1-9
Chen CI, Paul H, Le LW, Wei EN, Snitzler S, Wang T, Levina O, Kakar S, Lau A, Queau M, Johnston JB, Smith DA, Trudel S
Glia. 2018 Apr 06;:
Puy V, Darwiche W, Trudel S, Gomila C, Lony C, Puy L, Lefebvre T, Vitry S, Boullier A, Karim Z, Ausseil J
Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2018 Jan 05;:
Chan H, Phillips M, Maganti M, Farooki S, Piza Rodriguez G, Masih-Khan E, Chen C, Prica A, Reece D, Tiedemann R, Trudel S, Kukreti V
Blood. 2017 Dec 04;:
Chen C, Siegel D, Gutierrez M, Jacoby M, Hofmeister CC, Gabrail N, Baz R, Mau-Sorensen M, Berdeja JG, Savona M, Savoie L, Trudel S, Areethamsirikul N, Unger TJ, Rashal T, Hanke T, Kauffman M, Shacham S, Reece D
Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2017 Jul 04;:
van Beers EH, van Vliet MH, Kuiper R, de Best L, Anderson KC, Chari A, Jagannath S, Jakubowiak A, Kumar SK, Levy JB, Auclair D, Lonial S, Reece D, Richardson P, Siegel DS, Stewart AK, Trudel S, Vij R, Zimmerman TM, Fonseca R
J Cancer. 2017;8(8):1417-1424
Darmon I, Morisse MC, Coutte A, Blonski M, Rhun EL, Taillandier L, Roufai DB, Desenclos C, Trudel S, Faivre JC, Blanchard N, Chauffert B, Boone M

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Associate Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto