Canadian Cancer Society announces 6 new cancer research grants in Nova Scotia

22 June 2016

Halifax -

Canadian Cancer Society announces 6 new cancer research grants in Nova Scotia


Through a gold standard review process, the Society funds the most promising cancer research in the country

Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 22, 2016) – Today, the Canadian Cancer Society proudly announced 6 new research grants in Nova Scotia. Cancer research progress is happening right here in our province and benefits people all across the country.

“Researchers funded by the Society continue to discover new ways to reduce the number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths, and to enhance the quality of life of Canadians living with and beyond cancer,” says Kendra Morton, Interim CEO, Canadian Cancer Society -Nova Scotia. “We are so proud of our local heroes in cancer research. It’s important to our donors to know that their support of the Canadian Cancer Society is making a difference right here in Nova Scotia.”

The Honourable Minister of Health and Wellness, Leo Glavine, was on hand to introduce the 6 grant recipients.

“I am encouraged when I hear of the extraordinary cancer research in our own province,” says Glavine. “I want to express my gratitude for the hard-working individuals dedicated to research that helps change how we prevent, treat and manage cancer.  The Department of Health and Wellness is a supporter and partner of the Canadian Cancer Society and proudly acknowledges the quality of research happening in Nova Scotia.”

Nova Scotia grant recipients

These researchers are poised to make lasting effects on cancer care in Nova Scotia and beyond.  In 2015-16, the 6 Nova Scotia researchers who received Canadian Cancer Society grants include:

Dr Shashi Gujar and Dr Patrick Lee, Dalhousie University, received an Innovation Grant. Their focus is on oncolytic viruses.

Dr Jason Berman, IWK-Grace Health Centre, also received an Innovation Grant. Dr Berman’s research involves transplanting pre-leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia cells from children with Down syndrome into see-through zebrafish to see how they grow under different drug treatments.

Dr Christine T Chambers, IWK-Grace Health Centre, is a recipient of a Knowledge-to-Action Grant. Dr. Chambers is working in partnership with the Cancer Knowledge Network on a social media initiative targeted at parents of children with cancer to help them better understand their child’s pain.

Dr Brenda Sabo, Dalhousie University, also received a Knowledge- to-Action Grant. Dr Sabo is using arts-based communication as a way to challenge misconceptions and open dialogue about palliative care.

Dr Jean Marshall, Dalhousie University, is the recipient of an Innovation to Impact Grant. Dr Marshall’s study will examine the relationship between antihistamines and breast tumor growth. 

And Dr Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Dalhousie University, received a Career Development Award in Prevention. Dr McIsaac’s work focuses on cancer prevention in children and youth by implementing and evaluating new school policies to increase physical activity and healthy eating in Nova Scotia.

Cancer research impact 

With the support of generous donors and through a gold-standard expert review process, the Canadian Cancer Society funds the most promising cancer research in Canada. And, Society investments in cancer research have been paying off.  The Society’s research institute’s Research Impact Report 2015 has recently been released. This annual report provides an overview of the Society’s research portfolio in 2015 and highlights the impact of the research funded. You can view it on

The Society, along with its donors and funding partners, supports more cancer research than any other national charity. In 2015, Society donors invested $44 million in 10 provinces and across 39 research institutions, to support:

  • 297 principal investigators and 557 co-applicants
  • 357 grants and awards (135 new)

Society-supported research led to:

  • 22 changes in healthcare practice and program delivery
  • 4 impacts on policy
  • 1 patent license and 1 industry investment and
  • 1,073 publications, 1,932 presentations and 1,987 collaborations.

This is possible because of the many generous donors across the country and right here in Nova Scotia. There has been an explosion of knowledge about cancer in the last 20 years, but there are still many questions to be answered if we are to continue making progress in the fight against this disease.


About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society funds the best cancer research in Canada thanks to our generous donors and our rigorous peer-review process. We are the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, funding hundreds of researchers in universities, hospitals and research centres. For more information, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:

Danica Finch 

Marketing and Communications Coordinator 

Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia