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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"It is a great honour to be part of the PHO team that is so dedicated and skilled in delivering new knowledge through important and high impact health research for Ontario. Public health research is unique for its wide relevance, immediate impact and essential role in addressing major health concerns. PHO leads in showing what can be accomplished as we join forces with partners to advance disease prevention, reduce inequities, and improve health for people and populations."

John McLaughlin, Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist
New: Scientist Profile 
Watch Dr. John McLaughlin talk about:
  • What excites him about his work
  • The impact of his research
  • Why he chose PHO

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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of philosophy (Epidemiology), University of Toronto
    • Master of science (Community Health and Epidemiology), Queen’s University
    • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (FACE)
    • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS)

    Areas of expertise

    • Epidemiology
    • Public and population health
    • Environmental risk factors
    • Molecular epidemiology
    • Research integrity

    PHO research interests

    • Integrative studies that bring together public health, medical and biological sciences to deliver improved population health.
    • Population-based studies of disease causes to improve prevention.
    • Fundamental and applied epidemiological studies of relative contributions of environmental, genetic and societal causes of disease, and their potential for prevention.
    • Building Canada’s capacity for population health research and surveillance, through innovation, infrastructure, partnerships and training.
    • Driving performance of health research systems to improve quality, productivity, integrity and impact.

    Current PHO research activities

    • Epidemiological studies to discover and characterize cancer and chronic disease risk factors, etiologic pathways, and implications for prevention and screening.
    • Building teams, partnerships, platforms and systems for population health research and disease prevention, surveillance, and control.
    • Studying effects of environmental factors (e.g., hormones, dietary factors, ionizing radiation, etc.) and genetic modification of exogenous factors.
    • Advanced research methods and platforms for use in population-based epidemiological studies.
    • Education, mentorship, and strategic decision-making to improve health promotion, disease prevention and population health.

    Other publications

    1. Co-author of “International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans - Volume 112 - Some Organophosphate Insecticides and Herbicides: Diazinon, Glyphosate, Malathion, Parathion, and Tetrachlorvinphos.” (Member of Expert Working Group). IARC, Lyon, France, 2015.

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