The Walnut Foundation


Research Projects


Family Genetics in
Prostate Cancer

Dr. Neil Fleshner, a respected Urologist from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, is working alongside The Walnut Foundation to better understand the genetic factors that contribute to the higher incidence of prostate cancer in Black men. This exciting project will use blood samples from patients with aggressive prostate cancer to look at genetic mutations across the entire genome. This will not only provide important information about the role of genetics in developing prostate cancer, but can be used to identify families who may not be aware of their inherited risk of developing prostate (or related) cancers.

By working with patient partners and The Walnut Foundation, the research team is developing culturally sensitive strategies to return genetic results to patients and their families. The team is also working with local organizations to improve awareness through health fairs, mobile PSA testing (coming soon!), and educational materials for doctors.

For more information about this project, email