Student Grants for Summer Work

Cancer Care Nova Scotia

June 20, 2000 9:00 AM

Cancer Care Nova Scotia announced today that the agency has
awarded 12 grants worth a total of $50,000 to health and medical
science university students undertaking summer research or
clinical projects in the field of cancer.
             
Peggy Davison, chair of the Cancer Care Nova Scotia advisory
board, said four of the recipients are from Halifax Regional
Municipality. Ernest Tan, Kerry Ann Hewitt, Matthew Montgomery
and Pam Mansfield are doing research and writing reports in the
cancer field this summer.

The remaining recipients are from other areas of Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and Nunavut, the new territory in Canada's North. There
are also two international students.

Dr. Gerry Johnston, a cancer researcher and board member of
Cancer Care Nova Scotia, said the awards are being offered to
encourage future careers in oncology.

"We're hoping to entice some of the best students to seriously
consider the field of oncology as a career," said Dr. Johnston.
"In the meantime, these studentships bring enthusiasm, fresh
perspectives, and inquiring minds to the clinic and the lab.
We're looking forward to a productive summer."

In making the announcement, Ms. Davison reinforced that a long-
range goal of the studentships is to supply the Atlantic
provinces with locally trained oncology professionals, a
specialty that is currently in high demand and short supply
across Canada.

All recipients will be working out of the Cancer Care Program of
the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the provincial Department
of Health. Its mandate is to co-ordinate, strengthen and evaluate
cancer services in Nova Scotia.


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     Cancer Care Nova Scotia is handing out 50-

thousand dollars in grants this summer to 12

university students.

     The grants are to encourage careers in oncology

the science of cancer.

     The students are from health and medical

sciences faculties and will work in cancer research.

     They'll work at the Q-E-2 Health Sciences

Centre in Halifax.

     Four are from Halifax - Ernest Tan, Kerry Ann

Hewitt, Matthew Montgomery and Pam Mansfield.

     The remaining students are from other parts of

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Nunavut, the new

territory in Canada's North.

     There are also two international students.

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Contact: Susan MacLeod
         Cancer Care Nova Scotia
         902-473-2932
         Cell: 902-456-1390
         E-mail: ccsjm@ge2-hsc.ns.ca


NOTE TO EDITORS: The following is a list of award recipients and
their summer research projects:

- Julia Wildish, Saint Andrews, N.B.
Ms. Wildish is a second-year medical student. She is doing
clinical research, as well as research into working with children
with cancer.

- Luella Johnson, Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory
Ms. Johnson is a fourth-year honour student in biochemistry. She
is building on her current research on the characterization of a
specific protein regulated by a female hormone.

- Kerry Ann Hewitt, HRM, N.S.
Ms. Hewitt is a fourth-year honour student in biochemistry. She
is characterizing an enzyme that may provide further development
of chemotherapy agents.

- Mohammed S. Osman, Kuwait
Mr. Osman is a third-year honour student in biochemistry. He is
examining a unique regulation of gene expression involved in the
development of lymphoma in an animal model.

- Darren Costain, Riverview, N.B.
Mr. Costain is a second-year medical student. He is attempting to
harness the cell's immune system to enhance tumour-killing
activity as a way of dealing with metatastic disease.

- Pam Mansfield, HRM, N.S.
Ms. Mansfield is a first-year medical student. She is working
with oncologists at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
to understand the relationship between oncologists and breast
cancer patients.

- Ernest Tan, HRM, N.S.
Mr. Tan is a fourth-year honour student in biology. He is
examining the role of a particular enzyme in human colorectal
cancer cells.

- Siew-Lee Goh, Malaysia
Mr. Goh is a fourth-year honour student in microbiology and
immunology. He is examining how cells regulate gene expression
using yeast as a simple model system for the human cell.

- Jennifer Pothier, Yarmouth, N.S.
Ms. Pothier is a second-year honour student in biochemistry and
microbiology. She is examining the role of a modifying enzyme
that is in normal and pathologic ovarian biology.

- Chris Murphy, Yarmouth, N.S.
Mr. Murphy is a second-year medical student. He is reviewing
literature to compile research in pediatric palliative care and
identifying standards of care and information to be recorded in
chart reviews.

- Matthew Montgomery, HRM, N.S.
Mr. Montgomery is a first-year medical student. He is reviewing
policies, objectives and guidelines related to end-of-life care
for children.

- Shannon MacDonald, Victoria Mines, N.S.
Ms. MacDonald is a second-year medical student. She is writing a
paper on the people, events and accomplishments that have shaped
cancer care in Nova Scotia over the years.

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kjd                      June 20, 2000     10:06 a.m.