Inaugural Population Cancer Research Chair announced



    HALIFAX, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - The QEII Foundation has announced the
appointment of Dr. Louise Parker as the first Canadian Cancer Society
Nova Scotia Division Chair in Population Cancer Research. Made possible
through a partnership with Dalhousie University and Capital District Health
Authority, and generous funding from the Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia
Division, and Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and the QEII Foundation, the
appointment of Dr. Parker aims to address the high rate of cancer in the
province through evidence based cancer prevention strategies and health and
society research. Dr. Parker's appointment as the Canadian Cancer Society
Nova Scotia Division Chair in Population Cancer Research was announced today
at a ceremony at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
    "With Dr. Parker in this position, the chair in population cancer
research will provide provincial, regional and national leadership in
monitoring cancer-related behaviors and other risk factors among the general
population," said Dr. Ray LeBlanc, Vice-President Research & Academic Affairs,
Capital District Health Authority. Constance Glube, the Chair of the QEII
Foundation Board of Trustees thanked the Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia
Division, and Fred and Elizabeth Fountain, for their "vision and commitment to
building a healthier future for Nova Scotians through ground-breaking
research".
    "We're so proud to be a partner on this initiative," says Maureen
Summers, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society - Nova Scotia
Division. "By making an investment in this Chair, we'll increase our
collective understanding of why Nova Scotia has some of the highest cancer
rates in the country. And armed with this knowledge, we'll be able to make a
significant difference in the lives of Nova Scotians."
    Dr. Parker, a past recipient of the Bronze Marie Curie Award from the
French Association for Cancer Control for her work on neuroblastoma screening,
brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role and plans to make a lasting
impact on the region's cancer research. "Men and women in Nova Scotia are at
higher risk of cancer than most other Canadians and we don't really know why,"
she said. "My appointment to the Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division
Chair in Population Cancer Research gives me a great opportunity to work with
scientists, doctors, other health professionals and the public to find out why
Nova Scotians have such a high risk of cancer and see if we can reverse this
upward trend. We do know that there are things about the way we live which
change our risk of cancer - the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water
we drink. We want to find out what is going wrong for Nova Scotia to give us
such a high risk of cancer - and then we can fix it."
    Endowed research chairs, like the Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia
Division Chair in Population Cancer Research, are catalysts for change,
attracting others to the field of investigation and supporting growth of a
dedicated research program. An endowment fund has been created to support the
research chair, where the capital is invested in perpetuity and the income is
used annually by the Chair holder to advance the research program. By creating
this endowment fund in support of population cancer research, the Canadian
Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division, Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and the QEII
Foundation are helping attract scientists of great distinction - like
Dr. Louise Parker - who will work to advance medical research, right here in
Atlantic Canada.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of
life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer,
visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer
Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    About the QEII Foundation

    The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Foundation is a non-profit,
charitable organization established to strengthen health care for Atlantic
Canadians. The QEII Foundation raises funds for state of the art technology,
community-based disease prevention initiatives, professional education and
medical research. Since 1996, the QEII Foundation has raised more than
$120 million for the QEII.




For further information:

For further information: Steve Jennex, APR, Director of Communications,
QEII Foundation, (902) 473-5591


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