Vikki HO

Vikki HO


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Assistant professor Department of social and preventive medicine, University of Montreal

Research Chair

Chairholder Chaire de recherche en science du sexe et du genre des IRSC / CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair - Cancer Research

Other Affiliation

Member EnvironEpi - Research group in environmental epidemiology and population health

Research Interests

In Canada, cancer is the leading cause of death. Though advances in the treatment of cancer are important to reduce the burden of this deadly disease, equally important is the endeavour to identify what causes cancer to prevent it from occurring in the first place. I am a cancer epidemiologist with expertise in investigating the role of environmental, lifestyle, occupational and individual susceptibility factors in cancer etiology. I have pursued this field of research within a range of disciplines combining approaches from epidemiology, occupational hygiene, clinical medicine, and mechanistic toxicology. 

My program of research on cancer prevention is organized into three themes; with ongoing studies operating within these research themes. 

I. Modifiable factors for cancer prevention 

Study 1: The association between occupational physical activity and lung cancer risk (funded by CIHR) 

II. Sex and gender differences in cancer etiology 

Study 2: Occupational exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and colorectal cancer risk (funded by CIHR) 

Study 3: Occupational exposures of women: development of a job exposure matrix to provide gender-specific estimations of exposure (funded by IRSST) 

III. A molecular epidemiologic approach to investigating environment-cancer relationships 

Study 4: Environmental influences in colorectal cancer etiology: a molecular epidemiology study on the role of epigenetics

Health innovation and evaluation hub

This research theme was born out of the desire to make the CHUM a learning, teaching and communicating hospital and to help achieve sustainable development goals related to individual and population health issues. Research at the HUB is therefore multidisciplinary and cross-cutting. Teams con…

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