The Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute involves many partner organizations. These partners are committed to working together to develop research capacity in Nova Scotia, to forge broad-based research collaborations across the province and region, and to create a unified focus for fundraising and community engagement.
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) has invested more than $8 million in local cancer research over the years, and works hand in hand with the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine to provide strategic research support to trainees, investigators, facilities and new initiatives. The DMRF is the supporting organization for the Dr. Owen and Mrs. Pearl (MacDonald) Cameron Chair in Basic Cancer Research (see Dr. Patrick Lee). 100% of all funds received by DMRF to support cancer research are directed to BHCRI research.
Cancer Care Nova Scotia (CCNS) helps lead, facilitate and coordinate cancer research efforts in Nova Scotia. The provincial cancer agency also encourages young people to pursue careers in cancer research through its support of scholarships and training programs. CCNS is a major supporter of the Cancer Research Training Program and provides annual funding for the Norah Stephen Oncology Scholar Awards. CCNS is the provider for the CCNS Peggy Davison Clinician Scientist Award, the current holder of which is Dr. Jason Berman.
Breast Cancer Society of Canada is dedicated to funding Canadian breast cancer research into the detection, prevention, treatment and to ultimately find a cure for the diesease that women fear most.
QEII Foundation facilitated the establishment of two endowed cancer research chairs and continues to actively support cancer research initiatives at the QEll Health Sciences Centre. The foundation raises funds for technology, community-based disease prevention initiatives, professional education and medical research.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation—Atlantic Region (CBCF-AR) is the key fundraiser for breast cancer research efforts in the Atlantic Region, and provide funds for nine studentship awards and one traineeship award annually through the BHCRI. Together with the QEII Foundation (above), they have established the CBCF-AR Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research (see Dr. David Hoskin).
Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division (CCNS-NSD) funds research into all cancers through its national Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. As well as supporting local cancer researchers through that route, the CCS-NSD has established the first Canadian endowed chair in population cancer research (see Dr. Louise Parker). The CCS-NSD also helps foster the next generation of cancer scientists by funding a CRTP traineeship in cancer prevention research.
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine is the major academic force behind the cancer research effort. It plays a key role in setting research priorities for the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, in collaboration with other faculties and institutions.
Dalhousie University is the academic home of many of the investigators involved in the BHCRI, whether in discovery, clinical, population or behavioural research. The University supports the BHCRI both in providing facilities and infrastructure support to the BHCRI and its researchers, and through cooperation in fundraising for local cancer research through its Office of Development for the Health Faculties.
Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Professions works through the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute to create broad, interprofessional research collaborations that join pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy, social work and other disciplines with medicine to answer complex cancer-related questions.
Capital Health is a key research partner and the focal point of clinical and health services research efforts involving adult cancer patients. Many Capital Health clinicians also conduct laboratory research and/or collaborate with basic scientists.
IWK Health Centre is the Maritimes’ referral centre for pediatric cancer patients and a key research partner for basic, clinical, health services and population health research efforts in cancer.
Atlantic Cancer Clinical Research Unit (ACCRU) provides patients with access to promising new drugs and treatment approaches by conducting clinical trials in all major types of cancer.
Dalhousie University Faculty of Computer Science works in partnership with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute to develop information technology solutions that enable a wide range of cancer research initiatives.
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites donates $2.00 to BHCRI for every patient who stays at their hotel while visiting a doctor or hosptial in the area.
Scotiabank staff and customers of the Spring Garden and Brenton Branch and the Private Client Group in Halifax have held a number of fundraisers to support BHCRI.
Motorcycle Ride For Dad - Halifax contributes funding through BHCRI to support a summer student undertaking prostate cancer research.
Many of our partners raise funds for cancer research, either locally or nationally, that benefit our researchers in other ways. We encourage you to consider donating to them if their missions and activities are dear to your heart or address your specific needs. Direct links to partner donation opportunities are as follows: