Jacques Simard

Affiliation : Université Laval
Organization : Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec
E-mail : jacques.simard@crchudequebec.ulaval.ca
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About Jacques Simard

Jacques Simard holds a Canada Research Chair in Oncogenetics since 2001, is a Full Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Université Laval and is Deputy Director, Basic Research at the CHU de Québec Research Centre-Université Laval.

Author of more than 430 publications, Pr. Simard was involved in the discovery of the impact of mutations in susceptibility genes for breast and ovarian cancers, namely BRCA1 and BRCA2.


He has been Director of the Interdisciplinary Health Research International Team on Breast Cancer Susceptibility (INHERIT BRCAs 2001-2008; $7.8M) and of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) team in Familial Risks of Breast Cancer (2008-2014; $5.3M).


Since 2013, Prof. Simard is Lead (Prof. Bartha Maria Knoppers Co-lead) of the large-scale Génome Québec/Génome Canada/CIHR project entitled PERSPECTIVE (Personalized Risk Stratification for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer; $11.8M), including 23 co-applicants from Canada, the UK, the USA, The Netherlands and Germany. The purpose of this project is to develop risk stratification and communication tools to increase early detection of breast cancer by extending the current mammography screening programs in an optimally cost-beneficial and targeted manner, especially for younger women (i.e. 35 to 49) with relatively high risk of breast cancer who are missed by the current standard age-based screening program.

He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

In 1997, he was awarded the Prix du jeune chercheur André-Dupont by le Club de recherches cliniques du Québec. In 1999, he received the most prestigious recognition for a scientist younger than 40 from the Endocrine Society, the Richard E. Weitzman price. In 2004, he was awarded the Prix d’excellence de la Fondation de la recherche sur les maladies infantiles.


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