Lorenzo Ferri is the David S. Mulder Chair in Surgery and a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Oncology at McGill University. He is the Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and heads the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at McGill University.
Dr. Ferri is the recipient of numerous peer review grants, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Cancer Society, and Cancer Research UK. He couples his clinical activity with an active translational and fundamental research program investigating the inflammatory basis of cancer progression. Through this work he has identified the important role of bacterial antigens – pattern recognition proteins (TLRs and NODs) and host neutrophils/Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in propagating cancer dissemination, thus representing a new paradigm in the metastatic process. In addition, Dr. Ferri is Work Package leader on a Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge, one of the world’s largest cancer grants (£20 million), investigating the inflammatory basis of Barrett’s Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.