Dr Marie-Elise Parent
Dr Marie-Elise Parent of Montréal, Quebec is a Professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit at the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier of the Université du Québec. Wearing many hats, Dr Parent is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal and researcher at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).
A Canadian Cancer Society funded researcher since 2002, Dr Parent studies the factors affecting the health and illness of populations in relation to cancer of the lung, brain and breast with a special interest in prostate cancer. Her research seeks to identify the modifiable risk factors in lifestyles and the environment that potentially affect these cancers.
Dr Parent has been involved with the Society on many levels including acting as both chair and member of the fellowship and grant review panels for the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.
“My dream is that one day cancer becomes a condition that is rare and much less threatening, in Canada and elsewhere. The Canadian Cancer Society’s role, by supporting state-of-the-art cancer research, is crucial to make this day a reality. I am passionate about my work, and feel privileged to contribute to this collective effort, which builds on the generosity of donors, study participants, and the research community.”
Clinical trial discovery improves quality of life
A clinical trial led by the Society’s NCIC Clinical Trials group found that men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses of hormone therapy live as long as those receiving continuous therapy.