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David Parsons of Dalhousie University to Receive Doctoral Scholarship

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today that Mr. David Parsons has been awarded a CNSC-funded scholarship for a research project in the field of radiology, focusing on improving the application of radiotherapy. This scholarship is provided in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).

Mr. Parsons is a doctoral student in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The award is for a project that will improve the targeting of radiotherapy treatments and also reduce unnecessary patient exposure to ionizing radiation.

The scholarship is awarded to one doctoral student from a pool of qualified candidates through a CIHR post-graduate scholarship competition. Eligible candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in the process of conducting research related to the nuclear field, at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

Quick facts

  • Radiation in the medical field is a critical tool for identifying and treating illnesses such as cancer.
  • Mr. Parsons will receive an annual scholarship of $35,000, for a maximum of three years to support his work in this important field.
  • The CNSC supports Canadian students in their pursuit to advance the nuclear field, in a manner which is consistent with the CNSC mandate.
  • The CNSC values independent expertise, experiences and information, and this research scholarship enables independent research and development within the nuclear field.


"The CNSC is proud to help doctoral students in Canada achieve their academic goals through this scholarship and, in doing so, continues to insure safety and reliability in the nuclear field." – President Michael Binder, CNSC

Linear accelerator

Linear accelerator (with the research aperture mounted on the imager).
This equipment is used in radiotherapy.


Aurèle Gervais
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