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, Wen WX, Eklund M, Kvist A, Eriksson M, Christensen HN, Torstensson A, Bajalica-Lagercrantz S, Dunning AM, Decker B, Allen J, Luccarini C, Pooley K, Simard J, Dorling L, Easton DF, Teo SH, Hall P, Borg A, Gronberg H, Czene K

Prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 pathogenic variants in a large, unselected breast cancer cohort.

Journal Article

Int J Cancer, 144 (5), pp. 1195-1204, 2019, ISSN: 0020-7136.

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Kar SP, Andrulis IL, Brenner H, Burgess S, Chang-Claude J, Considine D, Dork T, Evans DGR, Gago-Dominguez M, Giles GG, Hartman M, Huo D, Kaaks R, Li J, Lophatananon A, Margolin S, Milne RL, Muir KR, Olsson H, Punie K, Radice P, Simard J, Tamimi RM, Van Nieuwenhuysen E, Wendt C, Zheng W, Pharoah PDP

The association between weight at birth and breast cancer risk revisited using Mendelian randomisation.

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Eur J Epidemiol, 2019, ISSN: 0393-2990.

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Jiang X, Finucane HK, Schumacher FR, Schmit SL, Tyrer JP, Han Y, Michailidou K, Lesseur C, Kuchenbaecker KB, Dennis J, Conti DV, Casey G, Gaudet MM, Huyghe JR, Albanes D, Aldrich MC, Andrew AS, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antoniou AC, Antonenkova NN, Arnold SM, Aronson KJ, Arun BK, Bandera EV, Barkardottir RB, Barnes DR, Batra J, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Benlloch S, Berchuck A, Berndt SI, Bickeboller H, Bien SA, Blomqvist C, Boccia S, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Bolla MK, Brauch H, Brenner H, Brenton JD, Brook MN, Brunet J, Brunnstrom H, Buchanan DD, Burwinkel B, Butzow R, Cadoni G, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Campbell PT, Cancel-Tassin G, Cannon-Albright L, Campa D, Caporaso N, Carvalho AL, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Chen C, Christiani DC, Claes KBM, Claessens F, Clements J, Collee JM, Correa MC, Couch FJ, Cox A, Cunningham JM, Cybulski C, Czene K, Daly MB, deFazio A, Devilee P, Diez O, Gago-Dominguez M, Donovan JL, Dork T, Duell EJ, Dunning AM, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Edlund CK, Edwards DRV, Ellberg C, Evans DG, Fasching PA, Ferris RL, Liloglou T, Figueiredo JC, Fletcher O, Fortner RT, Fostira F, Franceschi S, Friedman E, Gallinger SJ, Ganz PA, Garber J, Garcia-Saenz JA, Gayther SA, Giles GG, Godwin AK, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, Goode EL, Goodman MT, Goodman G, Grankvist K, Greene MH, Gronberg H, Gronwald J, Guenel P, Hakansson N, Hall P, Hamann U, Hamdy FC, Hamilton RJ, Hampe J, Haugen A, Heitz F, Herrero R, Hillemanns P, Hoffmeister M, Hogdall E, Hong YC, Hopper JL, Houlston R, Hulick PJ, Hunter DJ, Huntsman DG, Idos G, Imyanitov EN, Ingles SA, Isaacs C, Jakubowska A, James P, Jenkins MA, Johansson M, John EM, Joshi AD, Kaneva R, Karlan BY, Kelemen LE, Kuhl T, Khaw KT, Khusnutdinova E, Kibel AS, Kiemeney LA, Kim J, Kjaer SK, Knight JA, Kogevinas M, Kote-Jarai Z, Koutros S, Kristensen VN, Kupryjanczyk J, Lacko M, Lam S, Lambrechts D, Landi MT, Lazarus P, Le ND, Lee E, Lejbkowicz F, Lenz HJ, Leslie G, Lessel D, Lester J, Levine DA, Li L, Li CI, Lindblom A, Lindor NM, Liu G, Loupakis F, Lubinski J, Maehle L, Maier C, Mannermaa A, Marchand LL, Margolin S, May T, McGuffog L, Meindl A, Middha P, Miller A, Milne RL, MacInnis RJ, Modugno F, Montagna M, Moreno V, Moysich KB, Mucci L, Muir K, Mulligan AM, Nathanson KL, Neal DE, Ness AR, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H

Shared heritability and functional enrichment across six solid cancers.

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Nat Commun, 10 (1), pp. 431, 2019, ISSN: 2041-1723.

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Lee A, Mavaddat N, Wilcox AN, Cunningham AP, Carver T, Hartley S, Babb de Villiers C, Izquierdo A, Simard J, Schmidt MK, Walter FM, Chatterjee N, Garcia-Closas M, Tischkowitz M, Pharoah P, Easton DF, Antoniou AC

BOADICEA: a comprehensive breast cancer risk prediction model incorporating genetic and nongenetic risk factors.

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Genet Med, 2019, ISSN: 1098-3600.

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Ducy M, Sesma-Sanz L, Guitton-Sert L, Lashgari A, Gao Y, Brahiti N, Rodrigue A, Margaillan G, Caron MC, Cote J, Simard J, Masson JY

The Tumor Suppressor PALB2: Inside Out.

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Trends Biochem Sci, 2019, ISSN: 0968-0004.

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Active projects

  • Breast CAncer STratification: understanding the determinants of risk and prognosis of molecular subtypes (B-CAST), Subvention, Commission européenne, Programme-cadre pour le recherche et l'innovation: Horizon 2020, from 2015-01-09 to 2020-01-08
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire 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
  • From correlation to causation in genomics: identifying mechanisms underlying disease, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subventions Fondation, from 2015-07-01 to 2022-06-30
  • GE3LS Network in genomics and personalized health, Subvention, Génome Canada, from 2016-01-01 to 2019-12-31
  • Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l'intelligence artificielle et du numérique, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, Appel à propositions : création d’un Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l’intelligence artificielle et du numérique, from 2018-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : Activité 1.1, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : Activité 1.2, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : Activité 2.3, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : Activité 3.3, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : Activité 5, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : Activités 3.1/3.2, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Personalized Risk Assesment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer : Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE II) : R92 - Transferts de fonds interinstitutions, Subvention, Génome Canada, Projets de recherche appliquée à grande échelle, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • 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
  • 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 2019-03-31
  • 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

  • Centre de recherche en endocrinologie, métabolisme et inflammation, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-06-01 to 2018-04-30
  • 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
  • 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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