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CAREX Canada is a national surveillance project that estimates the number of Canadians exposed to substances associated with cancer in workplace and community environments. These estimates provide significant support for targeting exposure reduction strategies and cancer prevention programs.
To date, CAREX Canada has:
• Identified what carcinogens people are exposed to at work and in the environment
• Located where people are exposed
• Estimated how many people are exposed and the level at which they are exposed (where the necessary data exists)
Over the next 5 years, CAREX Canada will undertake a knowledge mobilization program to make CAREX information available and accessible to Canada's cancer prevention and policy arena. Between now and 2017, CAREX Canada will build capacity among stakeholders to use carcinogen exposure estimates for the purpose of evidence-based cancer prevention policy and practice and design web-based tools to facilitate the use of carcinogen exposure data, all while expanding our current network of stakeholders to include a wider range of users. This seminar will include work specifically on radon gas exposure in environmental and occupational settings and outline some of the experiences and challenges we have encountered around knowledge translation in this area.
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Presenter: Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol
Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Nicol’s research focuses on the communication of complex scientific and public health information to a range of audiences. Her work is multidisciplinary, crossing the fields of epidemiology, toxicology, social marketing, risk perception, and risk assessment. Dr. Nicol has designed a number of innovative public and occupational health awareness campaigns including Wash with Care, a Bollywood-themed pesticide exposure program, and the Tick Talk, a multilingual tick education program for children.
Dr. Nicol is also the current principal investigator of the CAREX Canada project, Canada’s only national carcinogen surveillance program. At CAREX, her focus is on translating knowledge about occupational and environmental carcinogens to policy-makers and cancer prevention stakeholders across the country. She also works with the National Collaborating Centre for Public Health in the area of environmental risk assessment.
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