We help strengthen connections among people of like interests, and build a strong network of people working to prevent cancer in Canada. See our profiles below.
Carolyn Gotay, PhD, FCAHS is Professor and Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she serves as Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention. She also holds an appointment at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Gotay received her PhD in psychology, and she came to UBC in 2008. Her research focuses on reducing modifiable risks to lower cancer incidence.
Kristin Campbell, PhD is a physical therapist and research scientist at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Campbell’s research laboratory, the Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab, focuses on the role of exercise across the cancer experience, namely in prevention, rehabilitation from cancer treatments and cancer survivorship. She has investigated the role of physical activity in cancer prevention by examining the effect of exercise on proposed biomarkers of breast and colon cancer risk.
Trevor Dummer, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Originally from the UK, he received his PhD in environmental epidemiology from Newcastle University. Dr. Dummer is a health geographer interested in how the environment—our communities and neighbourhoods—influence cancer risk. Dr. Dummer is Co-Principal Investigator of two study regions of the national Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project cancer cohort study – BC Generations and the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health.
Chris Lovato, PhD is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and is Director of the Evaluation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include evaluation studies in public health, health services, and medical education contexts. Her program of research in tobacco control examines the ideal program and policy mix for school-based adolescent tobacco control. She also conducts studies to evaluate the impact of medical school initiatives.
Dr. Murphy is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in nutrition and metabolism from the University of Alberta, and completed post-doctoral work at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Murphy’s post-doctorate focused on the role of nutrition and obesity on chronic disease risk in aging populations. Among other awards, she received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Fellows Award for Research Excellence.
Marliese Dawson is the Research Manager for the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She has over a decade of experience as a health projects manager, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic. Her research interests include enhancing cancer prevention in the workplace, and obesity surveillance.
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Narsis is currently an MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia. She holds a BSc in Nutrition and Diet Therapy from Isfahan University of Medical Science, Iran (2008), and another MSc in Diet Therapy from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, Iran (2012). Before starting the SPPH program, she worked at Entekhab Cancer Control Center for more than two years as a diet therapist in cancer palliative care and cancer prevention. She is interested in the critical role that nutrition plays in cancer prevention.
Katie Di Sebastiano
Katie is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Bachelors of Kinesiology from McMaster University and a PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in integrative metabolism, body composition, nutrition, and exercise in cancer and other clinical populations from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests includes identifying novel modifiable risk factors, such as lifestyle components including nutrition and physical activity, for the most common cancers in Canada.
Christina Gu is an MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from UBC and has previous research experience in childhood obesity prevention. Her research interest includes how dietary quality and other modifiable risk factors influence cancer risk and survivorship.
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette is currently an MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Neurocience from McGill University and has previous research experience in molecular neurobiology. Her research interests include knowledge translation and how changes in air pollution and other environmental exposures affect cancer risk.
Gaya Murthy is an MSc student at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. She holds a dual major bachelor’s degree in dietetics and chemistry and Master’s in Food and Human Nutrition from Bharathiar University, India. She is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and is also a certified diabetes educator. Gaya has several years’ experience in clinical, community, academic, and research settings.
Molly Sweeney Magee
Molly Sweeney Magee is a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Molly completed her BA in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and obtained her MSc in Health Psychology from University College London and King’s College London. Her research interests include cancer screening, risk perception, and smoking cessation. She is also interested in behavior change interventions, assessments of implementation fidelity and the translation of evidence into public health policy.