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Dr. Trevor Dummer Appointed Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention

Apr 26, 2021 |

The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) are pleased to announce Dr. Trevor Dummer as the endowed Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention.


Dr. Trevor Dummer, an Associate Professor at SPPH and National Scientific Co-Director of CanPath (the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health), holds a PhD in environmental epidemiology from Newcastle University and training in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from Edinburgh University. His research integrates health geography with epidemiology to include context and setting in cancer prevention.


“As a health geographer I recognize that where we live, work and play is central to preventing cancer.” Dr. Dummer explains. “My research seeks to understand how modifiable environmental factors, such as arsenic in drinking water, air pollution from vehicles, or other features of our built and natural environment, impact our cancer risk. I work collaboratively to connect research evidence with policy and practice to help reduce the cancer burden.”


Dr. Dummer’s current role at CanPath has provided him with experience in building and nurturing academic partnerships, making him uniquely positioned to develop collaborations in cancer research and prevention. In addition to a wealth of experience in research and collaboration, Dr. Dummer plays an active role in training the researchers of tomorrow as a graduate supervisor and mentor, and instructor of Epidemiology at SPPH.


The CCS Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention was established to increase cancer prevention research and risk reduction strategies, leverage partnerships and foster the transfer of knowledge into practice. By linking public health research to practice and training the next generation of cancer prevention researchers, the Chair will significantly advance research on cancer prevention and translate those findings into real-world impacts on policies and interventions.


As CCS Chair, Dr. Dummer will generate and apply new cancer prevention research, including knowledge translation to relevant populations, with an emphasis on partnerships with academics, community organizations, cancer systems, health care organizations and policymakers.


“I am grateful to the CCS for their commitment to cancer prevention in SPPH, and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to help enhance cancer prevention by building partnerships across UBC and beyond,” Dr. Dummer adds. “The CCS Chair will support me in developing a collaborative nexus of cancer researchers and trainees, while strengthening our connections with key stakeholders across the cancer control spectrum.”


“We know that about 4 in 10 cancer cases in Canada can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the health of Canadians,” says Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Executive Vice-President, Mission, Research & Advocacy at CCS. “That’s why we are excited to support Dr. Dummer’s research through the CCS Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention. Through research and knowledge translation efforts like this, we can help ensure that fewer people will hear the words ‘you have cancer.’”


About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and advocate to governments for important social change.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.