Lab News & Media Interviews

October 2020

The Ride for Cancer Soillse Research Lab Team (Cody MacDonald – Ride organizer, Jasmine Vo, Gabriela Ilie, Rob Rutledge, Lesya Anderson, Eric Anderson, Kimble Meagher, Alzena Ilie) representing lab staff, Soillse Research Citizens, and public supporters  has reached our goal to raise over $8,000, towards cancer research this year through the annual  Ride for Cancer event in Halifax. Our lab students have been organizing this lab event for over three years. This year, Cody MacDonald took the initiative to get us all organized and ready for the ride.  Thank you to all the Team members: Research Citizens (Ross MacDonald, Kimble Meagher – 160 kms), Staff (Cody MacDonald – 100 km, Jasmine Vo-50km), PI (Gabriela Ilie-50 km), Clinical PI (Rob Rutledge-50 km), Clinicians (Mike Kucharczyk, Lesya Shuba, Eric Anderson-100 km),  who participated in this event and the sponsors for our ride. Together we make a difference to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.


View our memories from the ride by clicking the link below.

During COVID-19 Soillse Research Staff and Research Citizens helped each other in continuing to offer support to men undergoing a prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment, and those post treatment. Here are some of our heros, Research Citizens!

October 29, 2019

Our lab hosted world renowned urologist Dr. Karol Axcrona who gave multiple talks and presentations to researchers, clinicians , and patients from across the Maritimes. Pictured below is Dr. David Anderson (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine) Dr. Gabriela Ilie, Dr. Karol Axcrona, and Dr. Rob Rutledge.

September 29, 2019

Our Research Coordinator, Cody MacDonald participated in the 2019 Ride for Cancer 100km ride on behalf of our Lab, raising over $1000 for cancer care and research in Atlantic Canada!


October 4, 2019

A new paper by Dr. Ilie involving lab members Morgan MacDonald and Cody MacDonald has been published in the journal Urology Practice! This paper examines the relationship between mental distress, functional and psychosocial quality of life indicators in a sample of prostate cancer survivors who took the ongoing Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Surveillance study you can access here:

Check out the abstract to the paper here:

September 23, 2019

The PC-PEP Randomized Control Trial has been given full approval from the NSHA Research Ethics Board. The trial is expected to begin in December 2019!

This study aims to educate and teach pre- (as opposed to most common post-) habilitation – preventive life habits aimed to empower men and address many of the issues faced by men undergoing radical prostatectomy or other active forms of prostate cancer treatments.

Learn more about the upcoming trial here:

September 1, 2019

Lab Director, Dr. Gabriela Ilie received an Establishment Grant from Research Nova Scotia to fund the upcoming, proposed Randomized Control Trial from 2019-2021!

Students Update:

Previous MSc student, Lousie Moodie was admitted to Dalhousie Medical School starting this fall!

Chloe Blackman, our Lab Member and MSc student won the Board of Governors award  at Dalhousie this last Thursday. It is Dalhousie’s highest award for student involvement and leadership. Please take a moment and read the article about her accomplishment:

Chloe Blackman received the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship through Dalhousie’s Global Health office to do an internship in Tanzania during the summer 2019!!

Tarek Lowen was admitted to the Urology Program at Dalhousie as Urology residentas of September 2019 – Congratulations Tarek !!


  • Read about our Prostate Cancer – Patient empowerment  feasibility program, here: National Post, CTV, The Chronicle Herald.
  • Soillse lab news in Tinkler: Click here. February 2019
  • Check out our Lab’s story and exciting work we are undertaking to improve the Quality of Life of prostate cancer survivors in NS, in the Fall edition of QEII Foundation’s newspaper, click here.
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE LAB TEAM WHO SUBMITTED (Josh White, Louise Moodie, Chloe Blackman, Jillian Bradfield, Tarek Lowen, Ryan Gainer) PRESENTED (Louise Moodie and Chloe Blackman) AND WON FIRST PLACE in the 3 Min Health Innovation Competition (TMHI) at the Healthy Living, Healthy Life Conference this morning! What a joy for us to watch Louise and Chloe this morning take the stage and nail that dragon’s den 3 minutes presentation among the 9 other teams that were selected for presentation (9 from the Maritimes, 1 from Ontario). This was a major  win for our Lab and all our students. So proud of you!!  Click here.
  • Global News, Maritimes: Click here
  • CTVMaritimes news: Click here.
  • CBC PEI: Click here.
  • CBC National News – Health, Interview March 21, 2017: Click here