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New cancer research chair at UNB Saint John

Author: Communications

Posted on Jan 12, 2012

Category: UNB Saint John

The University of New Brunswick Saint John is now home to a Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair.

Dr. Anthony Reiman, a practising oncologist and researcher, will be focused on bringing researchers, clinicians and cancer survivors together to find new ways to help reduce the burden of this disease.

“My research revolves around the people I see every day who have been diagnosed with cancer.”

Dr. Reiman's interest lies in involving patients in his research in order to improve their care. He focuses on multiple myeloma, lymphoma and lung cancer. He is banking biological specimens and clinical data for research, conducting clinical trials of new therapeutic approaches, and doing multidisciplinary supportive care research.

In addition to supporting Dr. Reiman, the Canadian Cancer Society also established a research chair at the Universite de Moncton. The research chairs represent a 14-year commitment by the society totaling $3.1 million. The investment will help strengthen New Brunswick’s network of cancer researchers.

Dr. Reiman is also the Assistant Dean, Research for Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick and an oncologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

“We’re pleased to be partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society for this great initiative,” says Dr. Robert MacKinnon, UNB Saint John’s vice-president.

“This research chair demonstrates precisely the kind of collaborative research partnerships we want to see as a result of the growing cluster of health care expertise here on campus.”

Dr. Reiman’s research has resulted in over 160 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. He serves on several regional, national and international research committees and clinical guidelines groups, including:

  • New Brunswick Health Research Foundation;
  • the NCIC Clinical Trials Group;
  • the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists;
  • the Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review; and
  • theInternational Myeloma Working Group.

Even the best treatments we have today can still be improved,” says Dr. Reiman.

Raised in Saint John, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at University of New Brunswick Fredericton, an MD from the University of Toronto, and a Science Masters degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Reiman completed his post-graduate residency training in internal medicine at Dalhousie University and in medical oncology at the University of Alberta.

After undertaking a research fellowship at the Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Dr. Reiman accepted a full-time position there as a medical oncologist, teacher and researcher. After five years in that position, he returned to Saint John in 2008.

"UNB Saint John is a perfect fit for Dr. Reiman in his role as the Canadian Cancer Society Chair," adds Dr. Ruth Shaw, Dean of Science, Applied Science & Engineering at UNB Saint John.

"Our partnerships with Dalhousie University and Horizon Health in health research have already spawned collaborations between our faculty in natural products research, biology, computer science, nursing and psychology."

Media contact

Heather Campbell
Communications Officer
UNB Saint John