40 Under Forty Awards


Carly Buckner (39)

Carly Buckner (39)

Dr. Carly Buckner is a biomedical researcher whose highly innovative work shows how complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) can affect patients with cancer. She was born and raised in Sudbury and obtained her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees from Laurentian University. Dr Buckner developed a program to investigate how CAMs impact clinical outcomes in patients with cancer and then advise on their safety. She is also developing a novel cancer treatment using electromagnetic fields (EMF). Preclinical assessment shows this treatment blocks cancer cell growth without affecting normal tissues. Dr Buckner is currently creating her own company to develop and test this device for treating patients with various types of cancer.

Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: My goal is to run the first human clinical trial on my treatment here in Sudbury. An undertaking of this magnitude will require a tremendous amount of community support however the potential could be huge for this city.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Knowing that this treatment could potentially make a difference in this world by helping millions of people. The non-invasive nature of this treatment would drastically improve the quality of life for these patients. Furthermore, this treatment will provide hope to those who have exhausted all other treatment options.

Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know
A: I am actually extremely organized however anyone who has seen my desk or lab bench would be inclined to think otherwise.

Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: The support I’ve been receiving from members of this community is what makes me proud to be a Sudburian. People are very encouraging and I feel like they genuinely want me to succeed. I would not have made it this far without the help of my many supporters and I am truly grateful to have these people in my life. Also, if I lived in a larger city I am doubtful that I would receive the same degree of support including the opportunity to discuss my research with the Mayor.