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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"PHO is an exciting organization with a mandate to provide the scientific and technical expertise necessary to help protect and promote the health of Ontarians. Our ability to provide health sector support while also working very closely with campus-based research makes us innovative and at the forefront of addressing public health issues."

Ray Copes, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Health
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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of medicine, McGill University
    • Master of science, McGill University
    • Diploma, Industrial health, University of Toronto

    Areas of expertise

    • Exposure and risk assessment
    • Risk communication
    • Occupational and environmental medicine
    • Air pollution
    • Toxicity of metals

    PHO research interests

    • Environmental health systems tracking
    • Environmental surveillance, air pollution and noise data (traffic)
    • Environmental burden of illness

    Current PHO research activities

    • Community exposure to metals
    • Community noise exposure
    • Air pollution-related health effects

    Top publications

    1. Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Environmental burden of cancer in Ontario. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2016.

    2. Chen H, Burnett RT, Copes R, Kwong JC, Villeneuve PJ, Goldberg MS, Brook RD, van Donkelaar A, Jerrett M, Martin RV, Kopp A, Brook JR, Tu JV. Ambient fine particulate matter and mortality among survivors of myocardial infarction: population-based cohort study. Environ Health Perspect. 2016;124(9):1421-8.

    3. Chen H, Kwong JC, Copes R, Tu K, Villeneuve PJ, van Donkelaar A, Hystad P, Martin RV, Murray BJ, Jessiman B, Wilton AS, Kopp A, Burnett RT. Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study. Lancet. 2017;389(10070):718-26.

    4. Thielman J, Manson H, Chiu M, Copes R, Rosella LC. Residents of highly walkable neighbourhoods in Canadian urban areas do substantially more physical activity: a cross-sectional analysis. CMAJ Open. 2016;4(4):E720-8.

    5. Venners SA, Khoshnood N, Jeronimo M, Sobkowicz A, Provencher P, Tang G, Chu W, Copes R. Adult and child urinary 2,4-D in cities with and without cosmetic pesticide bylaws: a population-based cross-sectional pilot study. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 Aug 17 [Epub ahead of print].


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