Three Nova Scotia researchers have been awarded research grants totaling $1.5 million by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Dr. Louise Parker is receiving $575,000 over three years for a study on arsenic in the province’s drinking water. Dr. Jean Marshall is getting $567,000 over five years to study how “mast” cells can encourage immune cells to fight tumours, and other properties of mast cells may prevent tumours from growing.

Also, Dr. David Waisman is receiving $382,000 over three years to investigate how a specific protein in tumour cells may be implicated in the deadly spread of cancers.


The grants were selected after a national application and review process. In total, the CCS announced 71 grants across the country.