LEAD: Gabriela Ilie, PhD

Principle Investigator and PC-PEP Program Scientific Lead. Director of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Lab

Dr. Gabriela Ilie is a Dalhousie Research Medical Foundation (DMRF) Endowed Research Scientist in Prostate Cancer Quality of Life and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health and Epidemiology, Urology, Radiation Oncology and Psychology, and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. She is Affiliated Scientist with Nova Scotia Health Authority, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center and Scientist with the Beatrice Cancer Research Institute.  She is an Associate Scientist with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Toronto with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory. Gabriela leads the PC-PEP Program and the scientific and clinical teams behind the program.

Rob Rutledge, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, PC-PEP Co-Investigator and Program Clinical Lead

Dr. Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist with Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center, in Halifax, Nova Scotia who treats Prostate, Breast, and Peadiatric cancers. His education includes an Undergraduate Math and Computer Science degree, a Certificate in Community Health, Clinical Epidemiology, and a Doctor of Medicine degree, all from University of Toronto. He has completed a Comprehensive Internship in Medicine at Queen’s University, in Kingston, and the Radiation Oncology Residency Program at University of Ottawa. He became involved in Dr. Ilie’s research work and began collaborating with her and her team’s work in 2017.

Rob Thompson, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, PC-PEP Co-Investigator and New Brunswick Program Clinical Site Lead

Dr. Rob Thompson is a Radiation Oncologist with Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick, practicing in Saint John and Fredericton.  He specializes in the treatment of patients with Prostate, Lung, and Gastrointestinal cancers. He completed his medical training at Dalhousie University, followed by a residency at the University of Toronto, and fellowship at the Odette Cancer Center, Toronto. He is actively involved in collaborating with multiple national and international clinical trial cooperative groups, including the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and is the site leader for NRG Oncology clinical trials. He began collaborating with Dr. Ilie and and her team’s work in 2020.

Christopher J.D. Wallis, MD, PhD FRCSC

Urologic Oncologist, PC-PEP Co-Investigator and Mount Sinai Hospital Program Clinical Site Lead

Dr. Christopher J.D. Wallis is a Urologic Oncologist at the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto and completed his clinical residency in Urology at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals and his Society of Urologic Oncology accredited fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research focuses on leveraging a variety of epidemiologic techniques to understand the interaction between processes of care and patient outcomes, with a particular focus on patients with cancer and those undergoing surgery.

Cody MacDonald

DMRF Soillse Lab Lead Research Coordinator, PC-PEP Project Coordinator

Cody is PC-PEP’s Project Lead Coordinator in the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Laboratory. He has been involved in the Soillse Lab since the summer of 2018 as a student volunteer and then from May – August 2019 he held a student Research Assistant Practicum position in the lab, and then a Research Coordinator position within the Lab.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences degree at Dalhousie University and throughout the course of his studies he became very interested in epidemiology and community health research. For years he has been involved with a non-for profit mental health charity and has long been passionate about improving people’s quality of life.  Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, he is very excited to help coordinate the many exciting research projects being undertaken to improve the quality of life for prostate cancer patients here in the Maritimes. He is a 2nd year MSc student in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie and Dr. Ilie is his supervisor. In his free time, he loves spending as much time outdoors as possible, cycling around the city, hiking by the ocean, or travelling.

Cassidy Bradley

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Coordinator

Cassidy is the Lab’s Research Coordinator. She is a  2nd year MSc student studying Epidemiology and Applied Health Research, with Dr Ilie as her supervisor. For her thesis she is studying the role of treatment regret, mental and physical health as well as prostate cancer physical side effects to the quality of life (emotional, social, functional and spiritual well-being) of survivors. She became involved in the Soillse Lab in December 2019, during her final year of her BSc in Kinesiology at Dalhousie. Her role with PC-PEP has primarily been assisting with the participant exercise testing, as well as with Dr Ilie’s studies based on the RCT data. Her primary research interests include chronic disease management, quality of life, health equity and mental health. After finishing her studies in CH&E, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine, while continuing to be involved with clinical research. In her free time she enjoys working spending time outdoors, doing art and propagating plants

Jasmine Vo

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Assistant

Jasmine is a Research Assistant in the Soillse Lab.  She is going into her final year as a student in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department at Dalhousie University. She will be completing an honours thesis in evaluating the efficacy of an online educational platform; and identify links between motivation, learning history and learning outcomes. She has always had an interest in the human mind and the psychological factors that affect physical illness. Joining the lab as a volunteer in January 2020, she is thankful to have a chance to connect innovative neuroscience technology to medical intervention and patient education. Originally from Vietnam, Jasmine is fascinated by the healthcare standard and the quality of life of Canadians, which are shaped by passionate, talented researchers and healthcare professionals. Jasmine says she is counting her blessings to be part of a team that exercises outstanding research and contributes to the society that nurtured her love for science. Living by the ocean for most of my life, she loves spending her free time by the water, hiking, mushroom hunting, and cooking.

Lia Massoeurs

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Assistant

Lia is an incoming first-year master’s student in the Epidemiology and Applied Health Sciences Research program at Dalhousie University and a Research Assistant in the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Laboratory. She has completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology at Mount Allison University and graduated in May of 2021. Lia is new to Nova Scotia as she am originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, and is very excited to join the Soillse Lab and to explore Halifax! In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, enjoying nature, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She has a strong passion for healthcare, and is very interested in the intersection of psychology and biology and the impact of mental health on one’s wellbeing. Lia will be working throughout her master’s to identify links between relationship satisfaction and emotionality as well as social isolation and other indicators of mental health in prostate cancer survivors. Lia is thankful to have been the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Hoskin Summer studentship award from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute to jump start her research this summer!

Alex Ross

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Exercise Trainer

PC-PEP Exercise Trainer. Alex is a Research Coordinator at NSHA and has been with PC-PEP since 2019.

Ross Macdonald

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Mentors Lead, National

Ross is a Lead Pastor at Grace Chapel in Halifax. He has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen.  He is helping delivering the monthly video conferences for PC-PEP with Drs. Ilie and Rutledge and Cody MacDonald. He has been and continues to be a PC-PEP mentor for many man coming or exiting the program and is helping establish a national and international Mentors infrastructure for the program. He participated in Phases 2 of the PC-PEP program after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program. 

Bernie Petolas

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Lead Outreach, National

Bernie has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen.  He is helping roll out the PC-PEP program to the rest of Canada and beyond.  He participated in Phases 1 and 3 of the program after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2018 and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program.   Bernie worked as a professional engineer for over 37 years in Halifax.   He has been involved in product design, project management, corporate management, and business development.  He worked for a local company involved in design, development and manufacturing for data acquisition and satellite telemetry products in the fields of Meteorology, Oceanography, Polar Research, security, and Defense.   In addition, he worked for a software development firm in the field of C4ISR, Maritime Domain Awareness, Military Situational Awareness, and homeland security.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey, taking the family dog on hikes and beach walks, and travelling.    


DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Lead Exercise, National

Kevin, former Certified Exercise Practitioner, has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen having been a PC-PEP participant in the Phase 3 RCT phase of the program and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program.  He is helping PC-PEP men coming into the program adjust the exercise program to their needs and abilities.    


Digital Media Designer

Isabel joined the PC-PEP team shortly after graduating from Ryerson University with a BFA in New Media. Her passion for design and has allowed her to work in a variety of different creative disciplines ranging from graphic and UX design, digital fabrication, curatorial/exhibition management, and design entrepreneurship. She’s excited to be helping the team create digital content and to build PC-PEP’s visual identity, while promoting and supporting an innovative program that is changing the lives of many.

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