Jason N. Berman MD FRCPC FAAPMSC Clinician Scientist in Pediatric Oncology Associate Professor Cancer Care Nova Scotia Peggy Davison Clinician Scientist Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, IWK Health Centre Departments of Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology, Dalhousie University
Following completion of medical school and Pediatrics training at the University of Toronto, I had the opportunity to complete my subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. I remained in Boston to undertake postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Look at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Under Dr. Look’s guidance, I learned the potential of the zebrafish model for understanding and answering critical questions about blood cell development and cancer pathogenesis. Since arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2005, I have established an independent zebrafish research laboratory housed in the IWK Health Centre. I have been fortunate to have successfully obtained funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to establish the infrastructure needed for a state-of-the-art zebrafish facility; while support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), the Dalhousie Clinical Scholar and Cancer Research Training Programs have helped fund a number of graduate and undergraduate trainees. My primary appointment is in the Department of Pediatrics with a cross-appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Graduate Studies. My ongoing clinical practice, as well as direct links with clinical trials groups, such as the Children’s Oncology Group, enables our laboratory to utilize the zebrafish to focus on scientific discovery with clinical translational applications in immunology, hematology and oncology.