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Research fellowships and scholarships
Robert A. MacBeth Traveling Fellowship
Every year the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division offers the Robert A. Macbeth Traveling Fellowship to health professionals in Manitoba pursuing further training in the field of Oncology.
Over the years numerous recipients have benefited from the award and we would like to congratulate the 2012 recipients. They are:
Karen Dobbin studies, works, and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and teen-aged daughter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and is now a 3-year survivor. Karen is very aware of the needs of cancer survivors including cancer rehabilitation following cancer treatment.
Karen has 27 years of experience as a physiotherapist in both hospital care and private practice. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation at the School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba. Karen’s research focus is in the study of cancer rehabilitation following breast cancer treatment. Karen is working as a physiotherapist part-time in the area of lymphedema care and cancer rehabilitation.
Karen is honoured to be chosen as a recipient of the Robert. A. Macbeth Traveling Fellowship. She will utilize this fellowship award to attend two cancer rehabilitation conferences and workshops in the next 6 months. This further education in the area of cancer rehabilitation will enable her to continue to bring quality cancer rehabilitation to cancer survivors in the future.
Angela Reimer, Linda Doiron and Bev Dueck
Together all three nurses work at the Steinbach Community Cancer Program. The driving philosophy of this program is to provide direction and communication from oncologists to trained staff to enable people to receive chemotherapy treatments close to home. This has saved Manitobans millions of miles of travel and prevented long separations from family and supports. There are currently 16 CCP sites in Manitoba working in the CCP environment, means that nurses need to understand a variety of cancers and be familiar with a wide spectrum of treatments. Linda, Angela and Bev all appreciate the need for ongoing education, and will be attending the Canadian Nurses of Oncology (CANO) conference in order to expand their knowledge base, provide current information on new treatments, as well as provide new insights into the various support needs of people going through a cancer diagnosis or treatment.
Angela, Linda and Bev are grateful to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Robert A MacBeth Travel Grant, for making this learning opportunity possible.
S.L. Lee Family Scholarship in Oncology Research
Every year two scholarships of $3000 each are awarded through the University of Manitoba on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division.
The awards are offered to graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and the Department of Psychology, who are pursuing studies in the field of oncology.
This year’s award recipients are David Busolo and Alexandra Kuzyk. Here is a glimpse of the recipients:
David Busolo holds a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University, California. David started his doctoral studies at the University of Manitoba in fall 2012. He is enrolled in the Cancer Control Program at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba where the focus of his research is on cancer knowledge and attitudes among Kenyan youth. His work extends Dr. Roberta Woodgate’s research work on youth’s perceptions and experiences of cancer. With cancer appearing to be the new health challenge in Africa, David’s research will advance our understanding of how adolescents conceptualize cancer, cancer prevention and management. His research will contribute to program and policy development in youth cancer and cancer prevention. His research work will also build on international relations between researchers in the University of Manitoba and Kenya.
The support of the S. L. Lee Family Scholarship will help David in achieving his goal of using interdisciplinary approaches in developing health promotion programs that will help in the prevention, control and management of cancer among youth.
Alexandra entered the University of Manitoba graduate program in the spring of 2010 to pursue a doctorate in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and is also concurrently in her third year of medical school at the university. Alexandra is completing her PhD with Dr. Sabine Mai, studying cancer genetics. The goal of her work is to identify markers of tumor aggressiveness that may ultimately lead to clinical laboratory tests that can better stratify patient populations and personalize treatments. She hopes to graduate with an MD/PhD by the year 2016.
The support of the S.L. Lee Family Scholarship will assist Alexandra in reaching her goal to become a clinician-scientist with a future that includes a clinical practice as well as basic research. She hopes to be able to contribute to diagnostic, prognostic and/or therapeutic tools in the field of oncology that will bring laboratory techniques to the patient’s bedside.
We are proud to be able to help David and Alexandra pursue their studies and ultimately further the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Manitoba Schools Science Symposium
The Manitoba Schools Science Symposium (MSSS) is the largest annual science event held for students throughout Manitoba. MSSS is held the final week of April at the University of Manitoba and is open to all students from grades 4 to 12.
Each year, the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division awards a bursary for a cancer related project, enabling the student to represent Manitoba at the 2011 Canada Wide Science Fair in Toronto. The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to sponsor a young Manitoba researcher annually at the prestigious Canada Wide Science Fair.
This year’s worthy recipients were Laura Kim and Ashley Bell from Fort Richmond Collegiate, for their project Using Nuclear Matrix to Detect Colorectal Cancer Cells.
Laura Kim and Ashley Bell
Here is a description of their project, in their own words.
"The project idea is to discover cancer specific proteins that will aid in the detection of the disease. It is generally thought that cancer is a consequence of improper regulation of gene expression. Many of the proteins involved in the regulation of gene expression are associated with a nuclear substructure, called the nuclear matrix. Some nulcear matrix proteins (NMPs), such as lamins, are found in all cell types. However, there are some NMPs that are cell type specific and disease state specific. The project idea is to identify the NMPs specific to colorectal cancer."
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.