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Our Researchers

Although most of our staff is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia we have researchers working across the Atlantic region. Scroll down to read about their work histories, current research interests and past accomplishments.

Louise Parker
Dr. Louise Parker
Principal Investigator
Louise holds the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division) Chair in Population Cancer Research and is a professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Dalhousie University. She came to Nova Scotia from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom where she was founding Director of the Paediatric and Lifecourse Epidemiology Faculty Research Group, Head of Child Health, and Deputy Head of the School of Clinical Medical Sciences. Louise was also the Associate Director of Research and Development at the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in London. Her major research interests include investigation of the causes of childhood cancer, adverse pregnancy outcomes and lifelong influences on adult health. She has published more than 165 peer-reviewed research papers, served on the editorial boards of several major journals, and was editor in chief of Pediatric Hematology Oncology from 2000 to 2006.
Trevor Dummer
Dr. Trevor J.B. Dummer
Co-Principal Investigator
Trevor is an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Originally from the UK, he received his PhD in environmental epidemiology from Newcastle University. Dr. Dummer moved to UBC in 2014 from Dalhousie University, where he was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology. He has been involved with the Atlantic PATH study since its inception in 2008. Trevor is a health geographer and Geographic Information Science (GIS) specialist with interests in environmental epidemiology and environment and health interactions, with specific emphasis on cancer etiology and cancer prevention. His current projects are evaluating the role of water quality and air quality on cancer risk, and utilizing a knowledge-to-action framework for developing interventions. Trevor is also involved in studies assessing the impact of the built environment on overweight and obesity. He is currently co-leading a major CIHR funded study which is examining how environmental factors—such as nitrogen dioxide and walkability—change DNA gene regulation and expression, and determining if these changes are associated with metabolic syndrome.
Réjean Savoie
Dr Réjean Savoie
Dr. Réjean Savoie has been Co-CEO of the New Brunswick Cancer Network since 2005, and Provincial Coordinator of the clinical and specialty rotations for the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (NB Medical School – Francophone Program). A recognized professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, Dr. Savoie is a Gynecological Oncologist at the Dr. Leon Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton where he has practiced for the past thirteen years.
Eshwar Kumar
Dr. Eshwar Kumar
Dr. Eshwar Kumar has been Co-CEO of the New Brunswick Cancer Network, a division of the New Brunswick Department of Health since 2005. He was Head of the Department of Oncology and Medical Director of the Oncology Program at the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation, Saint John, NB, from June 1994 – March 2009. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. A graduate of St Johns Medical College at Bangalore University, India, he obtained his Fellowship in Radiotherapy and Oncology from the Royal College of Radiologists, London, UK in 1982. He has been practicing as a Radiation Oncologist in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1984 with a special interest in the management of breast cancer, lymphomas, GU cancer and thyroid cancer. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies and was New Brunswick’s representative on the governing council of the Canadian Strategy and Cancer Control. He also serves as a surveyor for Accreditation Canada. He has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for over sixteen years and was the President of the New Brunswick division from 2007 – 2009. He has been on the National Board of the Canadian Cancer Society for the last six years.

Click on any of the names below to learn more about our in-house research team.

Dr. Anil Adisesh, Faculty of Medicine, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Heather Chappells, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

Yunsong Cui, Data Analyst, Atlantic PATH

Dr. Vanessa DeClercq, Health Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH

Dr. Cynthia Forbes, Health Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH

Dr. Scott Grandy, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Dr. Tobias Karakach, National Research Council

Pratima Devichand, Director – Research Development, Atlantic PATH

Dr. Melanie Keats, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Nathalie Saint-Jacques, PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University and Cancer Care Nova Scotia

Dr. Ellen Sweeney, Health Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH

Dr. Michael Volodarsky, Health Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH

Dr. Ian Weaver, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

Dr. Zhijie Yu, Health Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH

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