Marie-Élise Parent, PhD

Parent_Marie-EliseResearch Interests
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Occupational risk factors
  • Chemical exposures
  • Sexual circumstances
  • Environmental exposures
  • Socioeconomic position
  • Gene-environment interactions


List of research projects

INRS website


  • Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, INRS – Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie, Université du Québec
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Médicine, Université de Montréal
  • Researcher, Research Center, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)


  • Postdoctoral training, Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie, University of Québec ’95-’98 (Environmental Epidemiology)
  • Ph.D. Université de Montréal ’94 (nutrition/epidemiology)
  • Annual Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University ’91
  • M.Sc. University of Toronto ’88 (nutrition/epidemiology)
  • B.Sc. Université de Montréal ’84 (nutrition)

Overview of research program

Professor Parent has been leading a research program in epidemiology at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), a university dedicated to graduate level training and research, since 2000.

Her research program focuses on cancer epidemiology, with the aim of uncovering risk factors and providing evidence for prevention. She leads PROtEuS (Prostate Cancer & Environment Study), a large population-based case-control study entailing a comprehensive assessment of the role of occupational, environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors. Unique aspects include the lifetime exposure assessment to workplace chemicals and integration of spatially-distributed environmental factors.

Selected committees

  • Member, Scientific Council, International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization (2021- )
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) (2019- )
  • Member, Scientific Committee, EPICOH 2019 (Wellington, New Zealand), ISEE 2018 (Ottawa), EPICOH 2017 (Edinburgh, Scotland), Canadian Cancer Research Conference 2017 (Vancouver), EPICOH 2016 (Barcelona, Spain), EPICOH 2014 (Chicago, US), EPICOH 2013 (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • External expert, Site Visit Review, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute (NIH, US) (2015, 2019)
  • Member of Working Group, Monograph Programs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO (2018)
  • External expert for the National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, US (2014, 2015, 2018)
  • Member or chair of 32 peer-review panels
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Cancer Research Society (2018-pr )
  • Scientific expert, Office of Public Inquiry on the Protection of the Environment (BAPE). Health effects of asbestos (2020)
  • Research Advisory Board, Prostate Cancer Canada (2012-8)
  • Director-at-Large-Research, National Board of Directors, Canadian Cancer Society (2010-3)
  • Science Advisory Board, Health Canada (2010-3)
  • Board of Directors, Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics (2008-11)
  • Editorial boards: Cancer Epidemiology; Frontiers in Oncology – Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention; Cancer Causes & Control

List of all publications