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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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, 21 (8), pp. 1708-1718, 2019, ISSN: 1098-3600.

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Shu X, Bao J, Wu L, Long J, Shu XO, Guo X, Yang Y, Michailidou K, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Andrulis IL, Castelao JE, Dork T, Gago-Dominguez M, Garcia-Closas M, Giles GG, Lophatananon A, Muir K, Olsson H, Rennert G, Saloustros E, Scott RJ, Southey MC, Pharoah PDP, Milne RL, Kraft P, Simard J, Easton DF, Zheng W

Evaluation of associations between genetically predicted circulating protein biomarkers and breast cancer risk.

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Int J Cancer, 2019, ISSN: 0020-7136.

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Qian F, Rookus MA, Leslie G, Risch HA, Greene MH, Aalfs CM, Adank MA, Adlard J, Agnarsson BA, Ahmed M, Aittomaki K, Andrulis IL, Arnold N, Arun BK, Ausems MGEM, Azzollini J, Barrowdale D, Barwell J, Benitez J, Bialkowska K, Bonadona V, Borde J, Borg A, Bradbury AR, Brunet J, Buys SS, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Carter J, Chiquette J, Chung WK, Claes KBM, Collee JM, Collonge-Rame MA, Couch FJ, Daly MB, Delnatte C, Diez O, Domchek SM, Dorfling CM, Eason J, Easton DF, Eeles R, Engel C, Evans DG, Faivre L, Feliubadalo L, Foretova L, Friedman E, Frost D, Ganz PA, Garber J, Garcia-Barberan V, Gehrig A, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Gomez Garcia EB, Hamann U, Hauke J, Hopper JL, Hulick PJ, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Izatt L, Jakubowska A, Janavicius R, John EM, Karlan BY, Kets CM, Laitman Y, Lazaro C, Leroux D, Lester J, Lesueur F, Loud JT, Lubinski J, Lukomska A, McGuffog L, Mebirouk N, Meijers-Heijboer HEJ, Meindl A, Miller A, Montagna M, Mooij TM, Mouret-Fourme E, Nathanson KL, Nehoray B, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Nielsen FC, Offit K, Olah E, Ong KR, Oosterwijk JC, Ottini L, Parsons MT, Peterlongo P, Pfeiler G, Pradhan N, Radice P, Ramus SJ, Rantala J, Rennert G, Robson M, Rodriguez GC, Salani R, Scheuner MT, Schmutzler RK, Shah PD, Side LE, Simard J, Singer CF, Steinemann D, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Tan YY, Teixeira MR, Terry MB, Thomassen M, Tischkowitz M, Tognazzo S, Toland AE, Tung N, van Asperen CJ, van Engelen K, van Rensburg EJ, Venat-Bouvet L, Vierstraete J, Wagner G, Walker L, Weitzel JN, Yannoukakos D, KConFab Investigators, HEBON Investigators, GEMO Study Collaborators, EMBRACE Collaborators, Antoniou AC, Goldgar DE, Olopade OI, Chenevix-Trench G, Rebbeck TR, Huo D, CIMBA

Mendelian randomisation study of height and body mass index as modifiers of ovarian cancer risk in 22,588 BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers.

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Br J Cancer, 121 (2), pp. 180-192, 2019, ISSN: 0007-0920.

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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, 34 (6), pp. 591-600, 2019, ISSN: 0393-2990.

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

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

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Genet Med, 21 (6), pp. 1462, 2019, ISSN: 1098-3600.

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Yang Y, Wu L, Shu XO, Cai Q, Shu X, Li B, Guo X, Ye F, Michailidou K, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Andrulis IL, Brenner H, Chenevix-Trench G, Campa D, Castelao JE, Gago-Dominguez M, Dork T, Hollestelle A, Lophatananon A, Muir K, Neuhausen SL, Olsson H, Sandler DP, Simard J, Kraft P, Pharoah PDP, Easton DF, Zheng W, Long J

Genetically predicted levels of DNA methylation biomarkers and breast cancer risk: data from 228,951 women of European descent.

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J Natl Cancer Inst, 2019, ISSN: 0027-8874.

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Tchernof A, Lin SX, Luu-The V, Simard J

The Passing of Dr. Fernand Labrie (1937-2019): The legacy of excellence in science.

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J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol, 189 , pp. 63-64, 2019, ISSN: 0960-0760.

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Ferreira MA, Gamazon ER, Al-Ejeh F, Aittomaki K, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Arason A, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Arun BK, Asseryanis E, Azzollini J, Balmana J, Barnes DR, Barrowdale D, Beckmann MW, Behrens S, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bialkowska K, Blomqvist C, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Bolla MK, Borg A, Brauch H, Brenner H, Broeks A, Burwinkel B, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campa D, Campbell I, Canzian F, Carter J, Carter BD, Castelao JE, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Christiansen H, Chung WK, Claes KBM, Clarke CL, EMBRACE Collaborators, GC-HBOC Study Collaborators, GEMO Study Collaborators, Couch FJ, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Daly MB, de la Hoya M, Dennis J, Devilee P, Diez O, Dork T, Dunning AM, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Ejlertsen B, Ellberg C, Engel C, Eriksson M, Fasching PA, Fletcher O, Flyger H, Friedman E, Frost D, Gabrielson M, Gago-Dominguez M, Ganz PA, Gapstur SM, Garber J, Garcia-Closas M, Garcia-Saenz JA, Gaudet MM, Giles GG, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, Gonzalez-Neira A, Greene MH, Gronwald J, Guenel P, Haiman CA, Hall P, Hamann U, He W, Heyworth J, Hogervorst FBL, Hollestelle A, Hoover RN, Hopper JL, Hulick PJ, Humphreys K, Imyanitov EN, ABCTB Investigators, HEBON Investigators, BCFR Investigators, Isaacs C, Jakimovska M, Jakubowska A, James PA, Janavicius R, Jankowitz RC, John EM, Johnson N, Joseph V, Karlan BY, Khusnutdinova E, Kiiski JI, Ko YD, Jones ME, Konstantopoulou I, Kristensen VN, Laitman Y, Lambrechts D, Lazaro C, Leslie G, Lester J, Lesueur F, Lindstrom S, Long J, Loud JT, Lubinski J, Makalic E, Mannermaa A, Manoochehri M, Margolin S, Maurer T, Mavroudis D, McGuffog L, Meindl A, Menon U, Michailidou K, Miller A, Montagna M, Moreno F, Moserle L, Mulligan AM, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Nevelsteen I, Nielsen FC, Nikitina-Zake L, Nussbaum RL, Offit K, Olah E, Olopade OI, Olsson H, Osorio A, Papp J, Park-Simon TW, Parsons MT, Pedersen IS, Peixoto A, Peterlongo P, Pharoah PDP, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Poppe B, Presneau N, Radice P, Rantala J, Rennert G, Risch HA, Saloustros E, Sanden K, Sawyer EJ, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Sharma P, Shu XO, Simard J, Singer CF, Soucy P, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Spurdle AB, Stone J, Swerdlow AJ, Tapper WJ, Taylor JA, Teixeira MR, Terry MB, Teule A, Thomassen M, Thone K, Thull DL, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Torres D

Genome-wide association and transcriptome studies identify target genes and risk loci for breast cancer.

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Nat Commun, 10 (1), pp. 1741, 2019, ISSN: 2041-1723.

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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.

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J Natl Cancer Inst, 111 (4), pp. 350-364, 2019, ISSN: 0027-8874.

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Kar SP, Brenner H, Giles GG, Huo D, Milne RL, Rennert G, Simard J, Zheng W, Burgess S, Pharoah PDP

Body mass index and the association between low-density lipoprotein cholesterol as predicted by HMGCR genetic variants and breast cancer risk.

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Int J Epidemiol, 2019, ISSN: 0300-5771.

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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 de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 to 2023-04-30
  • Centres hospitaliers universitaires 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
  • Journée de la recherche de la Faculté de médecine, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, Fonds général de recherche du CRSNG, from 2010-11-24 to 2020-03-31
  • 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

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
  • 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 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
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