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Faculty Member

Paul Demers PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario 505 University Ave., 17th floor Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3
Occupational Cancer Research Centre, CAREX Canada
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

Occupational and environmental epidemiology

Occupational and environmental exposures



Education & Training History

PhD (Epidemiology), University of Washington

MSc (Industrial Hygiene), University of Washington

Other Affiliations

Full Faculty Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario

Senior Scientist, Prevention & Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario

Clinical Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia

Scientific Director, CAREX Canada

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

CHL5410H Occupational Epidemiology

CHL5409H Cancer Epidemiology

Honours & Awards

Current Research Projects

Assessing the Human and Economic Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada

The Toronto lung cancer case-control study and SYNERGY project

Cross-Canada study of pesticides and select cancers: New analyses

Update of the Ontario Uranium Miners Cohort

Development of an Ontario Mining Exposure Database

CAREX Canada: A national occupational and environmental surveillance project

Occupational Cancer Surveillance using the 1991 Canadian Census Cohort

Surveillance of occupational cancer through linkage of WSIB data to Ontario Cancer Registry

For other projects see:

Representative Publications

Kendzia B, Behrens T, Jöckel KH, Siemiatycki J, Kromhout H, Vermeulen R, Peters S, Van Gelder R, Olsson A, Brüske I, Wichmann HE, Stücker I, Guida F, Tardón A, Merletti F, Mirabelli D, Richiardi L, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Consonni D, Zaridze D, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Gustavsson P, Field JK, Fabianova E, ‘t Mannetje A, Pearce N, Tse S, Yu I, Rudnai P, Bencko V, Janout V, Mates D, Foretova L, Forastiere F, Benhamou S, McLaughlin J, Demers P, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Boffetta P, Schüz J, Straif K, Pesch B, Brüning T. Welding and Lung Cancer in a Pooled Analysis of Case-Control Studies. American Journal of Epidemiology (in press July 2013).

Del Bianco A, Demers PA. The Examination of Compensated Occupational Cancer Fatality Trends in Canada. Can Med Assoc J Open (in press, June 2013).

Olsson AC, Xu Y, Schüz J, Vlaanderen J, Pesch B, Kendzia B, Stücker I, Guida F, Brüske I, Wichmann HE, Consonni D, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Tse LA, Tak-sun Yu I, Siemiatycki J, Lavoué J, Mirabelli D, Richiardi L, Simonato L, Gustavsson P, Plato N, Jöckel KH, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Tardón A, Zaridze D, Marcus MW, ‘t Mannetje A, Pearce N, McLaughlin J, Demers PA, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Rudnai P, Fabianova E, Stanescu Dumitru R, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Boffetta P, Benhamou S, Fortes C, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Peters S, Vermeulen R, Kromhout H, Brüning T, Straif K. Lung cancer risk among hairdressers – a pooled analysis of case-control studies conducted between 1985 and 2010. American Journal of Epidemiology (in press April 2013).

Navaranjan G, Hohenadel K, Blair A, Demers PA, Spinelli JJ, Pahwa P, McLaughlin JR, Dosman JA, Ritter L, Harris SA, Exposures to multiple pesticides and the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma in Canadian men. Cancer Causes Control doi: 10.1007/s10552-013-0240-y, 2013.

Labrèche F, Duguay P, Ostiguy C, Boucher A, Roberge B, Peters CE, Demers PA. Estimating occupational exposure to carcinogens in Quebec: a multi-tiered approach. Am J Indust Med doi: 10.1002/ajim.22200. Article published online: 26 June 2013.

Hystad P, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Brauer M. Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution and Lung Cancer Risk: A Population-based Case-Control Study in Canada. Epidemiology (in press, 2/13)

Hon CY, Venners S, Demers PA, Teschke K. Antineoplastic drug contamination of surfaces throughout the hospital medication system in Canadian hospitals. J Occup Environ Hyg (in press, 1/13).

Kachuri L, Demers PA, Blair A, Spinelli JJ, Pahwa M, McLaughlin JR, Pahwa P, Dosman JA, Harris SA. Multiple pesticide exposures and the risk of multiple myeloma in Canadian men. Int J of Cancer 2013 Apr 6. doi: 10.1002/ijc.28191. [Epub ahead of print].

Setton EM, Hystad PW, Poplawski K, Cheasley R, Cervantes-Larios A, C. Keller P, Demers PA. Risk-based indicators of Canadians' exposures to environmental carcinogens. Environ Health 2013;12(1):15.

Ng MG, Stjernberg E, Koehoorn M, Demers PA, Winters M, Davies HW. Fertilizer use and self reported respiratory and dermal symptoms among tree planters. J Occup Env Hyg 2013;10(1):36-45.

Wong IS, Ostry AS, Demers PA, Davies HW. Job Strain and Shiftwork influences on biomarkers and subclinical heart disease indicators: a pilot study. J Occup Environ Hyg J Occup Environ Hyg. 2012 Aug;9(8):467-77.

Koehoorn M, McLeod CB, Tamburic L, Demers P, Lynd LD, Kennedy SM. Population-Based Surveillance of Asthma among Workers: Pilot Study using Linked Health Data in British Columbia, Canada. Chronic Dis Inj Can 2013;33(2):88-94.

Hystad P, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Brook J, van Donkelaar A, Lamsal L, Martin R, Brauer M. Spatiotemporal air pollution exposure assessment for a Canadian population-based lung cancer case-control study. Environ Health 2012;11(1):22. [Epub].

Peters CE, Nicol AM, Demers PA. Prevalence of exposure to solar radiation (UVR) on the job in Canada. Can J Public Health 2012;103(3):223-26.

Kling RN, Demers PA, Alamgir H, Davies HW. Noise exposure and serious injury to active sawmill workers in British Columbia. Occup Environ Med 2012;69(3):211-216.

Camargo MC, Stayner LT, Straif K, Reina M, Al-Alem U, Demers PA, Landrigan PJ. Occupational Exposure to Asbestos and Ovarian Cancer: A Meta-analysis. Environ Health Perspect 2011;119(9):1211-17.

Hohenadel K, Harris SA, McLaughlin JM, Spinelli JJ, Pahwa P, Dosman JA, Demers PA, Blair A. Exposure to multiple pesticides and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men from six Canadian provinces. Int J Env Res Pub Health 2011;8(6):2320-30.

Hystad P, Setton E, Cervantes A, Poplawski K, Deschenes S, Brauer S, Martin R, van Donkelaar A, Lamsal L, Jerrett M, Demers P. Creating national air pollution models for population exposure assessment in Canada. Environ Health Perspect 2011;119(8):1123-9.

Gorman Ng M, Stjernberg E, Koehoorn M, Demers PA, Davies HW. Exposure to pesticides and metal contaminants of fertilizer among tree planters. Annals Occup Hyg 2011;55(7):252-263.

Kirkham TL, Koehoorn MW, Davies H, Demers PA. Characterization of noise and carbon monoxide exposures among professional firefighters in British Columbia. Annals Occup Hyg 2011;55(7):264-274.

Hohenadel K, Pichora E, Marrett L, Bukvic D, Brown J, Harris SA, Demers PA, Blair AE. Priority issues in occupational cancer research: Ontario stakeholder perspectives. Chron Dis Can 2011;31(4):147-51.

Courtice MN, Demers PA, Takaro TK, Vedal S, Ahmad A, Davies HW. Asbestos-related disease among Bangladeshi shipbreakers: A pilot study. Int J Occup Environ Health 2011;17(2):144-153.

Gan WQ, Koehoorn M, Davies HW, Demers PA, Tamburic L, Brauer M. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and the risk of coronary heart disease hospitalization and mortality. Environ Health Perspect 2011;119(4):501-7.

Gan WQ, Davies HW, Demers PA, Brauer M. Exposure to Occupational Noise and Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. Occup Env Med 2011; 68(3):183-190.

Wong I, Demers PA, McLeod C. Shiftwork trends and risk of work injury among Canadian workers. Scand J Work Environ Health 2011;37(1):54-61.