Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon , Ph.D.
    Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon
    Research Axis
    Immune Diseases and Cancer Axis
    Research Theme
    Cancers: mechanisms, new therapeutic approaches and disease outcomes

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    • Researcher and Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Montreal.


    • Postdoctoral training, Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 2005-2007.
    • Postdoctoral training, Genometrics Section, Inherited Disease Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2004-2005.
    • PhD in Epidemiology (specialization in Genetic Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 1999-2004.
    • MSc in Statistics, Université Laval, 1995-1997.

    Research Interests

    The overall goal of Dr Roy-Gagnon’s research is to optimize the utilization of existing study designs and analytical methods and to develop new approaches for genetic epidemiological studies.

    Her research focuses on three themes:

    • The optimal utilization of Québec genealogical resources in the design and analysis of genetic epidemiological studies of complex diseases;
    • The utilization and development of statistical models to capture complex relationships between genetic risk factors and their influence on complex diseases or traits;
    • The use of quantitative traits as intermediate phenotypes or biomarkers for complex diseases.

    Dr Roy-Gagnon’s research is divided into two parts: methodological developments and applications through multidisciplinary collaborations, including studies on cardiovascular risk factors in children, childhood leukemia, and breast cancer.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • John H. Moe Award, Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting, 2006.
    • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2004.
    • Outstanding Merit Award, Scientific Retreat of the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 2003.
    • Doctoral Training Award, FRSQ, 2001-2002.
    • Postgraduate Training Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1999-2001.
    • MSc Training Award, Fonds pour la formation des chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche, 1995-1997.

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