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ONPHEC Team

Ottawa, ON

Investigators

Dr. Hong Chen is the Principal Investigator of ONPHEC. He is both a Research Scientist in the Population Studies Division of Health Canada, and a Scientist in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and an Assistant Professor in the Occupational & Environmental Health Division at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chen is interested in the health effects of exposure to environmental risk factors, as well as methodological development regarding the spatiotemporal modeling of health impacts of air pollution. Dr. Chen obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from McGill.

Dr. Richard Burnett is a Co-Principal Investigator of ONPHEC, and is a Senior Research Scientist with the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada. Dr. Burnett is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. As a biostatistician and environmental epidemiologist, he is interested in mathematical and statistical methods to spatiotemporally track health risks from environmental hazards. Dr. Burnett obtained his PhD in Statistics from Queen’s University.

Dr. Jeff Kwong is a Co-Principal Investigator of ONPHEC, and is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, as well as a Scientist at Public Health Ontario. His research interests include infectious disease epidemiology and health services research using linkable data. Dr. Kwong obtained his MD from the University of Toronto, and holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Ray Copes is the Chief of Environmental and Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario, and is also an associate professor in the Occupational & Environmental Health Division at the University of Toronto. His research interests are focused on human health risk assessment, exposure assessment, and communication. Dr. Copes obtained his MD from McGill University, and holds an MSc in Epidemiology from McGill.

Dr. Paul Villeneuve is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and cross-appointed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University. As an epidemiologist and biostatistician, his research interests lie in the field of environmental and occupational health, particularly in the role that environmental exposures from the built environment have on the etiology of a number of chronic diseases. Dr. Villeneuve obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Mark Goldberg is a Professor in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, and an Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. He is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist, and is interested in the environmental causes of cancer, as well as short and long-term effects of ambient air pollution on health. Dr. Goldberg obtained his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill.

Dr. Scott Weichenthal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University, and is also a Research Scientist in Health Canada’s Air Health Science Division. He is interested in the short and long-term health effects of air pollution, as well as air pollution exposure assessment. His research program is dedicated to identifying and evaluating environmental risk factors for cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Weichenthal obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University.

Dr. Aaron van Donkelaar is a Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University. His research combines satellite retrievals with chemical transport model simulations to estimate fine aerosol concentrations around the world. Dr. van Donkelaar obtained his PhD in Physics and Atmospheric Science from Dalhousie University.

Dr. Randall Martin is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University. His research is focused on characterizing atmospheric composition to inform effective policies surrounding major environmental and public health challenges. Dr. Martin also leads the SPARTAN network to evaluate and enhance satellite-based estimates of fine particulate matter. He obtained his PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University.

Dr. Michael Jerrett is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized expert in Geographic Information Science for exposure assessment and spatial epidemiology, and researches how to characterize population exposures to air pollution and built environment variables, the social distribution of these exposures among different groups, and how to assess the health effects from environmental exposures. Dr. Jerrett obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Jeffrey Brook is a Senior Research Scientist in the Air Quality Research Division at Environment Canada, and is also an Assistant Professor in the Occupational & Environmental Health Division at the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in studies of the sources, atmospheric behavior, and impacts of air pollutants across Canada. Dr. Brook obtained this PhD in Air Pollution Meteorology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Perry Hystad is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State University. He is an environmental epidemiologist interested in understanding the health impacts related to place, particularly spatial exposure assessment methods to determine the chronic health effects associated with air pollution. Dr. Hystad obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Tarik Benmarhnia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include methods to assess the evidence of equity in public health policies, and advancing the notion of vulnerability and its implications for public health policy. Dr. Benmarhnia obtain his PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health jointly from the University of Montreal and the University of Paris-Sud.

Dr. Eric Lavigne is a Senior Epidemiologist in the Air Health Science Division at Health Canada, and is also an adjunct professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. His research interests lie in the field of environmental and cancer epidemiology, as well as the health effects of air pollution and climate change. Dr. Lavigne obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Laval.

Dr. Antonio Gasparrini is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Social & Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His current research focuses on studies of the impact of weather and climate change on health, and he is also interested in study designs and statistical methods applied to time series analysis, quasi-experimental data, and survival data. Dr. Gasparrini obtained his PhD in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

Staff

Dr. Li Bai is an Analytic Epidemiologist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Her research focuses on the health effects of exposure to environmental factors such as ambient air pollution, temperature, noise, and green space. Li obtained her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control in 2014. She was a post-doctoral fellow in Environmental Epidemiology at Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences from 2015 to 2017.

Dr. Zilong Zhang is a post-doctoral fellow in Environmental Epidemiology at Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is currently working on studies examining the associations between exposure to metals and particulate matter components, and morbidity and mortality from major chronic diseases. Zilong obtained his PhD in Public Health in 2017 from the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lauren Paul is a Research Coordinator in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario. She is currently working on studies concerning the associations between air pollution, green space, and major chronic diseases. Lauren obtained her MSc in Epidemiology with a specialization in Biostatistics from Queen’s University.

Saeha Shin is a Research Coordinator in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario. She is currently working on studies concerning the associations between air pollution, noise, and major chronic diseases. Saeha obtained her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

 

Collaborators

Dr. Karen Tu, Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Dr. Yushan Su, Senior Scientist, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Dr. Jay Kaufman, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health, McGill University.

Dr. Tor Oiamo, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University.

Dr. Robert Brook, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan.