Jacques Simard holds a Canadian Research Chair in Oncogenetics since 2001. He is Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Laval University’s School of Medicine, and is a scientist at the CHUL since 1990. Since 2012, he has been Deputy Director of Basic Research at the CHU de Québec – Université Laval Research Center.

He is the author of more than 430 publications, review articles and book chapters. His research focuses on the genetic susceptibility of hormone-dependent cancers, including breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. Specifically, he participated in the characterization of the impact of mutations in the breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. He has been Director of the Interdisciplinary Health Research International Team on Breast Cancer Susceptibility (INHERIT BRCAs), an international interdisciplinary health research team on genetic susceptibility to breast cancer funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2001 -2007, which was renewed in 2008 for five years as the CIHR Team in Familial Risks of Breast Cancer. The establishment of this international team has allowed Dr. Simard to pursue numerous collaborations allowing him to accelerate the development of his oncogenetics research activities. Indeed, his close collaboration with several international consortia, notably the Breast Cancer Consortium Consortium (BCAC) and the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 (CIMBA), has led to a significant increase in the validity and the impact of scientific breakthroughs to improve the identification of women at increased risk of developing breast cancer which should benefit most from a better adapted clinical follow-up.

He is currently the principal investigator of a large-scale interdisciplinary project funded by Génome Québec/Genome Canada/CIHR/Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (2013-2018) entitled Personalized Risk Stratification for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer (PERSPECTIVE), bringing together 27 co-researchers including fundamentalists, biostatisticians and clinicians from Quebec, Ontario, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. This project is designed to develop the tools needed to implement a risk stratification approach that will target breast cancer screening in women most likely to develop the disease. In this context, recommendations on the starting age and frequency of mammography screening could be adapted for women’s individual risk of breast cancer. Indeed, risk stratification will better serve the subpopulation of younger women, who are at high risk of developing breast cancer, and who are currently missed by the standard age-based screening program as a criterion for eligibility. Since breast cancer in these young women often has a poorer prognosis, earlier detection and follow-up would improve survival rates, provide less aggressive treatment, reduce side effects, and increase their quality of life.

Pr. Simard is also a partner on two large European Commission Horizon 2020 (2015-2020) projects entitled BRIDGES (Breast Cancer Risk after Diagnostic Gene Sequencing) and B-CAST (Breast Cancer Stratification: Understanding the Determinants of Risk and Prognosis of Molecular Subtypes). Briefly, the BRIDGES project aims to develop a targeted prevention program for breast cancer, specifically to promote the health of women with a family history of the disease. In achieving its objectives, the BRIDGES program will improve targeted prevention of breast cancer, primarily in the context of oncogenetic clinics for breast cancer. To that end, Pr. Simard is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation ($ 1.5 million) entitled PRÉVENTION (Predisposition, Prediction and Prevention of Breast Cancer), to substantially increase the collaboration of his interdisciplinary team with the BRIDGES project in order to validate and increase the impact of the discoveries made under the PERSPECTIVE project.

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Li J, Ugalde-Morales E, Wen WX, Decker B, Eriksson M, Torstensson A, Christensen HN, Dunning AM, Allen J, Luccarini C, Pooley KA, Simard J, Dorling L, Easton DF, Teo SH, Hall P, Czene K

Differential Burden of Rare and Common Variants on Tumor Characteristics, Survival, and Mode of Detection in Breast Cancer.

Journal Article

Cancer Res, 78 (21), pp. 6329-6338, 2018, ISSN: 0008-5472.

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Castroviejo-Bermejo M, Cruz C, Llop-Guevara A, Gutierrez-Enriquez S, Ducy M, Ibrahim YH, Gris-Oliver A, Pellegrino B, Bruna A, Guzman M, Rodriguez O, Grueso J, Bonache S, Moles-Fernandez A, Villacampa G, Viaplana C, Gomez P, Vidal M, Peg V, Serres-Creixams X, Dellaire G, Simard J, Nuciforo P, Rubio IT, Dientsmann R, Barrett JC, Caldas C, Baselga J, Saura C, Cortes J, Deas O, Jonkers J, Masson JY, Cairo S, Judde JG, O'Connor MJ, Diez O, Balmana J, Serra V

A RAD51 assay feasible in routine tumor samples calls PARP inhibitor response beyond BRCA mutation.

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EMBO Mol Med, 2018, ISSN: 1757-4676.

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Qian F, Wang S, Mitchell J, McGuffog L, Barrowdale D, Leslie G, Oosterwijk JC, Chung WK, Evans DG, Engel C, Kast K, Aalfs CM, Adank MA, Adlard J, Agnarsson BA, Aittomaki K, Alducci E, Andrulis IL, Arun BK, Ausems MGEM, Azzollini J, Barouk-Simonet E, Barwell J, Belotti M, Benitez J, Berger A, Borg A, Bradbury AR, Brunet J, Buys SS, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Caputo SM, Chiquette J, Claes KBM, Margriet Collee J, Couch FJ, Coupier I, Daly MB, Davidson R, Diez O, Domchek SM, Donaldson A, Dorfling CM, Eeles R, Feliubadalo L, Foretova L, Fowler J, Friedman E, Frost D, Ganz PA, Garber J, Garcia-Barberan V, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Gomez Garcia EB, Gronwald J, Hahnen E, Hamann U, Henderson A, Hendricks CB, Hopper JL, Hulick PJ, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Izatt L, Izquierdo A, Jakubowska A, Kaczmarek K, Kang E, Karlan BY, Kets CM, Kim SW, Kim Z, Kwong A, Laitman Y, Lasset C, Hyuk Lee M, Won Lee J, Lee J, Lester J, Lesueur F, Loud JT, Lubinski J, Mebirouk N, Meijers-Heijboer HEJ, Meindl A, Miller A, Montagna M, Mooij TM, Morrison PJ, Mouret-Fourme E, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Niederacher D, Nielsen FC, Nussbaum RL, Offit K, Olah E, Ong KR, Ottini L, Park SK, Peterlongo P, Pfeiler G, Phelan CM, Poppe B, Pradhan N, Radice P, Ramus SJ, Rantala J, Robson M, Rodriguez GC, Schmutzler RK, Hutten Selkirk CG, Shah PD, Simard J, Singer CF, Sokolowska J, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sutter C, Yen Tan Y, Teixeira RM, Teo SH, Terry MB, Mads T, Marc T, Amanda ET, Katherine MT, Nadine T, van Asperen CJ, van Engelen K, van Rensburg EJ, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Weitzel JN, Yannoukakos D, GEMO Study Collaborators, HEBON, EMBRACE, Greene MH, Rookus MA, Easton DF, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Goldgar DE, Olopade OI, Rebbeck TR, Huo D

Height and Body Mass Index as Modifiers of Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers: A Mendelian Randomization Study.

Journal Article

J Natl Cancer Inst, 2018, ISSN: 0027-8874.

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Shu X, Wu L, Khankari NK, Shu XO, Wang TJ, Michailidou K, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Milne RL, Schmidt MK, Pharoah PDP, Andrulis IL, Hunter DJ, Simard J, Easton DF, Zheng W, Breast Cancer Association Consortium

Associations of obesity and circulating insulin and glucose with breast cancer risk: a Mendelian randomization analysis.

Journal Article

Int J Epidemiol, 2018, ISSN: 0300-5771.

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Lu Y, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Wu L, Guo X, Li B, Schildkraut JM, Im HK, Chen YA, Permuth JB, Reid BM, Teer JK, Moysich KB, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Arun BK, Bandera EV, Barkardottir RB, Barnes DR, Benitez J, Bjorge L, Brenton J, Butzow R, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campbell IG, Chang-Claude J, Claes KBM, Couch FJ, Cramer DW, Daly MB, DeFazio A, Dennis J, Diez O, Domchek SM, Dork T, Easton DF, Eccles DM, Fasching PA, Fortner RT, Fountzilas G, Friedman E, Ganz PA, Garber J, Giles GG, Godwin AK, Goldgar DE, Goodman MT, Greene MH, Gronwald J, Hamann U, Heitz F, Hildebrandt MAT, Hogdall CK, Hollestelle A, Hulick PJ, Huntsman DG, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Jakubowska A, James P, Karlan BY, Kelemen LE, Kiemeney LA, Kjaer SK, Kwong A, Le ND, Leslie G, Lesueur F, Levine DA, Mattiello A, May T, McGuffog L, McNeish IA, Merritt MA, Modugno F, Montagna M, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Cilius Nielsen FC, Nikitina-Zake L, Nussbaum RL, Offit K, Olah E, Olopade OI, Olson SH, Olsson H, Osorio A, Park SK, Parsons MT, Peeters PHM, Pejovic T, Peterlongo P, Phelan CM, Pujana MA, Ramus SJ, Rennert G, Risch H, Rodriguez GC, Rodriguez-Antona C, Romieu I, Rookus MA, Rossing MA, Rzepecka IK, Sandler DP, Schmutzler RK, Setiawan VW, Sharma P, Sieh W, Simard J, Singer CF, Song H, Southey MC, Spurdle AB, Sutphen R, Swerdlow AJ, Teixeira MR, Teo SH, Thomassen M, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Trichopoulou A, Tung N, Tworoger SS, van Rensburg EJ, Vanderstichele A, Vega A, Velez Edwards D, Webb PM, Weitzel JN, Wentzensen N, White E, Wolk A, Wu AH, Yannoukakos D, Zorn KK, Gayther SA, Antoniou AC, Berchuck A, Goode EL, Chenevix-Trench G, Sellers TA, Pharoah PDP, Zheng W, Long J

A Transcriptome-Wide Association Study Among 97,898 Women to Identify Candidate Susceptibility Genes for Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Risk.

Journal Article

Cancer Res, 78 (18), pp. 5419-5430, 2018, ISSN: 0008-5472.

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Active projects

  • Centre de recherche en endocrinologie, métabolisme et inflammation, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-06-01 to 2023-04-30
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Chaire de recherche du Canada en oncogénétique, Subvention, Secrétariat des Chaires de recherche du Canada, Chaires de recherche du Canada - Fonctionnement, from 2015-03-01 to 2022-02-28
  • GE3LS Network in genomics and personalized health, Subvention, Génome Canada, from 2016-01-01 to 2019-12-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II), Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Prédisposition, prédiction et prévention du cancer du sein, Subvention, Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations, Programme de soutien à la recherche (PSR-V4) : Programme de soutien à des initiatives internationales de recherche et d'innovation (SIIRI), from 2016-04-01 to 2019-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Human and Microbial Integrative Genomics, Partenariat, Fondation Canadienne pour l'innovation (La), Fonds de l'avant-garde (FA), from 2012-09-01 to 2016-08-31
  • Identification de la signature d'épissage alternatif d'individus porteurs de mutations BRCA1/2 provenant de familles canadiennes-françaises à risque élevé de cancer du sein., Subvention, Fondation du cancer du sein du Québec, from 2012-01-01 to 2017-12-31
  • Inherited chromosomally-integrated human herpesvirus 6 as a risk factor for breast cancer development., Subvention, Société de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2015-09-01 to 2017-08-31
  • Next generation integrative genomics (RS3).NGS data analysis or consultation., Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Réseaux thématiques de recherche, from 2010-04-01 to 2018-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assessment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II), Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-04-01 to 2018-03-31
  • Personalized risk stratification for prevention and early detection of breast cancer, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2013-04-01 to 2018-03-31
  • Soutien facultaire aux chercheurs chevronnés de la Faculté de médecine, Subvention, Université Laval - Soutien à la recherche, Fonds de soutien aux professeurs-chercheurs bénéficiant d’une Chaire de recherche du Canada, from 2015-07-01 to 2017-12-31
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