We are a dynamic, rapidly expanding university-based research team, including epidemiologists, biostatisticians and exposure experts. The main focus of our research is environmental and occupational and lifestyle risk factors for disease, with a particular interest in cancer.

The best way to reduce the burden of disease is to prevent it, which requires identification of its causes. The objective of this program is to conduct epidemiologic research into the modifiable causes of disease. Our studies examine the impact on disease risk of many environmental and lifestyle characteristics, such as occupational exposure to chemicals, air pollution, use of cell phones, hobbies, second-hand tobacco smoke, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage consumption, domestic heating and cooking facilities as well as medication.

The team is led by Dr. Jack Siemiatycki, who was honoured with a Research Chair funded by the Guzzo Foundation in collaboration with the Québec Société de recherche sur le cancer.

Jack Siemiatycki received an MSc in Statistics in 1972, and a PhD in Epidemiology in 1976, both from McGill University. After a fellowship at the International Centre for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO) in Lyon, he then spent most of his career at the Institut Armand-Frappier (Université du Québec). In 2001, he was named Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Epidemiology, at l’Université de Montréal. This is currently his primary appointment, though he remains an adjunct professor at both the Université du Québec and McGill.