Dr. John McLaughlin

Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist
President and Chief Executive Officer’s Office

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"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."

Areas of Expertise

  • epidemiology
  • public and population health
  • environmental risk factors
  • molecular epidemiology
  • research integrity

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)

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.

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.

Selected Publications

  1. Dummer TJB, Awadalla P, Boileau C, Craig C, Fortier I, Goel V, Hicks JMT, Jacquemont S, Knoppers BM, Le N, McDonald T, McLaughlin J, Mes-Masson AM, Nuyt AM, Palmer LJ, Parker L, Purdue M, Robson PJ, Spinelli JJ, Thompson D, Vena J, Zawati M; with the CPTP Regional Cohort Consortium. The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project: a pan-Canadian platform for research on chronic disease prevention. CMAJ. 2018; 190 (23): E710-7.
  2. Sharma I, Zhu Y, Woodrow JR, Mulay S, Parfrey PS, McLaughlin JR, et al. Inflammatory diet and risk for colorectal cancer: a population-based case-control study in Newfoundland, Canada. Nutrition. 2017; 42:69-74.
  3. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 112: Some organophosphate insecticides and herbicides. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC); 2017.
  4. Seliske L, Norwood T, McLaughlin JR, Wang S, Palleschi C, Holowaty E. Estimating micro-area behavioural risk factor prevalence from large population-based surveys: a full Bayesian approach.BMC Public Health. 2016; 16:478.
  5. Villeneuve PJ, Jerrett M, Brenner D, Su J, Chen H, McLaughlin J. A case-control study of long-term exposure to ambient volatile organic compounds and lung cancer in Toronto, Canada. Am J Epidemiol. 2014; 179(4): 443-51.

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Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: John McLaughlin

Dr. John McLaughlin discusses what excites him about his work, the impact of his research and why he chose Public Health Ontario

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Updated 22 Feb 2019