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.

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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Québec, Québec
Canada G1V 4G2
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Pashayan N, Antoniou AC, Lee A, Wolfson M, Chiquette J, Eloy L, Eisen A, Stockley TL, Nabi H, Brooks JD, Dorval M, Easton DF, Knoppers BM, Chiarelli AM, Simard J

Should Age-Dependent Absolute Risk Thresholds Be Used for Risk Stratification in Risk-Stratified Breast Cancer Screening?

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J Pers Med, 11 (9), 2021.

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Brooks JD, Nabi HH, Andrulis IL, Antoniou AC, Chiquette J, Després P, Devilee P, Dorval M, Droit A, Easton DF, Eisen A, Eloy L, Fienberg S, Goldgar D, Hahnen E, Joly Y, Knoppers BM, Lofters A, Masson JY, Mittmann N, Paquette JS, Pashayan N, Schmutzler R, Stockley T, Tavtigian SV, Walker MJ, Wolfson M, Chiarelli AM, Simard J

Personalized Risk Assessment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer: Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE I&I).

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J Pers Med, 11 (6), 2021.

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Blouin-Bougie J, Amara N, Simard J

Toward a Population-Based Breast Cancer Risk Stratification Approach? The Needs and Concerns of Healthcare Providers.

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J Pers Med, 11 (6), 2021.

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Wolfson M, Gribble S, Pashayan N, Easton DF, Antoniou AC, Lee A, van Katwyk S, Simard J

Potential of polygenic risk scores for improving population estimates of women's breast cancer genetic risks.

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Genet Med, 2021.

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Kar SP, Considine DPC, Tyrer JP, Plummer JT, Chen S, Dezem FS, Barbeira AN, Rajagopal PS, Rosenow WT, Moreno F, Bodelon C, Chang-Claude J, Chenevix-Trench G, deFazio A, Dörk T, Ekici AB, Ewing A, Fountzilas G, Goode EL, Hartman M, Heitz F, Hillemanns P, Høgdall E, Høgdall CK, Huzarski T, Jensen A, Karlan BY, Khusnutdinova E, Kiemeney LA, Kjaer SK, Klapdor R, Köbel M, Li J, Liebrich C, May T, Olsson H, Permuth JB, Peterlongo P, Radice P, Ramus SJ, Riggan MJ, Risch HA, Saloustros E, Simard J, Szafron LM, Titus L, Thompson CL, Vierkant RA, Winham SJ, Zheng W, Doherty JA, Berchuck A, Lawrenson K, Im HK, Manichaikul AW, Pharoah PDP, Gayther SA, Schildkraut JM

Pleiotropy-guided transcriptome imputation from normal and tumor tissues identifies candidate susceptibility genes for breast and ovarian cancer.

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HGG Adv, 2 (3), 2021.

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Barnes DR, Silvestri V, Leslie G, McGuffog L, Dennis J, Yang X, Adlard J, Agnarsson BA, Ahmed M, Aittomäki K, Andrulis IL, Arason A, Arnold N, Auber B, Azzollini J, Balmaña J, Barkardottir RB, Barrowdale D, Barwell J, Belotti M, Benitez J, Berthet P, Boonen SE, Borg Å, Bozsik A, Brady A, Brennan P, Brewer C, Brunet J, Bucalo A, Buys SS, Caldés T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Cassingham H, Lotte Christensen L, Cini G, Claes KBM, Cook J, Coppa A, Cortesi L, Damante G, Darder E, Davidson R, de la Hoya M, De Leeneer K, de Putter R, Del Valle J, Diez O, Chun Ding Y, Domchek SM, Donaldson A, Eason J, Eeles R, Engel C, Gareth Evans D, Feliubadaló L, Fostira F, Frone M, Frost D, Gallagher D, Gehrig A, Giraud S, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goldgar DE, Greene MH, Gregory H, Gross E, Hahnen E, Hamann U, Hansen TVO, Hanson H, Hentschel J, Horvath J, Izatt L, Izquierdo A, James PA, Janavicius R, Birk Jensen U, Johannsson OT, John EM, Kramer G, Kroeldrup L, Kruse TA, Lautrup C, Lazaro C, Lesueur F, Lopez-Fernández A, Mai PL, Manoukian S, Matrai Z, Matricardi L, Maxwell KN, Mebirouk N, Meindl A, Montagna M, Monteiro AN, Morrison PJ, Muranen TA, Murray A, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Nguyen-Dumont T, Niederacher D, Olah E, Olopade OI, Palli D, Parsons MT, Sokilde Pedersen I, Peissel B, Perez-Segura P, Peterlongo P, Petersen AH, Pinto P, Porteous ME, Pottinger C, Angel Pujana M, Radice P, Ramser J, Rantala J, Robson M, Rogers MT, Rønlund K, Rump A, María Sánchez de Abajo A, Shah PD, Sharif S, Side LE, Singer CF, Stadler Z, Steele L, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sutter C, Yen Tan Y, Teixeira MR, Teulé A, Thull DL, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Tommasi S, Toss A, Trainer AH, Tripathi V, Valentini V, van Asperen CJ, Venturelli M, Viel A, Vijai J, Walker L, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Whaite A, Zanna I, Offit K, Thomassen M, Couch FJ, Schmutzler RK, Simard J, Easton DF, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Ottini L

Breast and Prostate Cancer Risks for Male BRCA1 and BRCA2 Pathogenic Variant Carriers Using Polygenic Risk Scores.

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J Natl Cancer Inst, 2021.

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Park HA, Neumeyer S, Michailidou K, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Ahearn TU, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Augustinsson A, Baten A, Beane Freeman LE, Becher H, Beckmann MW, Behrens S, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Brauch H, Brenner H, Brucker SY, Burwinkel B, Campa D, Canzian F, Castelao JE, Chanock SJ, Chenevix-Trench G, Clarke CL, Conroy DM, Couch FJ, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Daly MB, Devilee P, Dörk T, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Eliassen AH, Engel C, Eriksson M, Evans DG, Fasching PA, Flyger H, Fritschi L, García-Closas M, García-Sáenz JA, Gaudet MM, Giles GG, Glendon G, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, González-Neira A, Grip M, Guénel P, Hahnen E, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hall P, Hamann U, Han S, Harkness EF, Hart SN, He W, Heemskerk-Gerritsen BAM, Hopper JL, Hunter DJ, Jager A, Jakubowska A, John EM, Jung A, Kaaks R, Kapoor PM, Keeman R, Khusnutdinova E, Kitahara CM, Koppert LB, Koutros S, Kristensen VN, Kurian AW, Lacey J, Lambrechts D, Le Marchand L, Lo WY, Lubiński J, Mannermaa A, Manoochehri M, Margolin S, Martinez ME, Mavroudis D, Meindl A, Menon U, Milne RL, Muranen TA, Nevanlinna H, Newman WG, Nordestgaard BG, Offit K, Olshan AF, Olsson H, Park-Simon TW, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Presneau N, Radice P, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Romero A, Saloustros E, Sawyer EJ, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Schoemaker MJ, Schwentner L, Scott C, Shah M, Shu XO, Simard J, Smeets A, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Stevens V, Swerdlow AJ, Tamimi RM, Tapper WJ, Taylor JA, Terry MB, Tomlinson I, Troester MA, Truong T, Vachon CM, van Veen EM, Vijai J, Wang S, Wendt C, Winqvist R, Wolk A, Ziogas A, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, Easton DF, Zheng W, Kraft P, Chang-Claude J, Børresen-Dale AL, Grenaker Alnæs GI, Sahlberg KK, Ottestad L, Kåresen R, Schlichting E, Holmen MM, Sauer T, Haakensen V, Engebråten O, Naume B, Fosså A, Kiserud CE, Reinertsen KV, Helland Å, Riis M, Geisler J, Clarke C, Marsh D, Scott R, Baxter R, Yip D, Carpenter J, Davis A, Pathmanathan N, Simpson P, Graham D, Sachchithananthan M, Amor D, Andrews L, Antill Y, Balleine R, Beesley J, Bennett I, Bogwitz M, Botes L, Brennan M, Brown M, Buckley M, Burke J, Butow P, Caldon L, Campbell I, Chauhan D, Chauhan M, Christian A, Cohen P, Colley A, Crook A, Cui J

Mendelian randomisation study of smoking exposure in relation to breast cancer risk.

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Br J Cancer, 2021.

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Chen H, Majumdar A, Wang L, Kar S, Brown KM, Feng H, Turman C, Dennis J, Easton D, Michailidou K, Simard J, Bishop T, Cheng IC, Huyghe JR, Schmit SL, O'Mara TA, Spurdle AB, Gharahkhani P, Schumacher J, Jankowski J, Gocke I, Bondy ML, Houlston RS, Jenkins RB, Melin B, Lesseur C, Ness AR, Diergaarde B, Olshan AF, Amos CI, Christiani DC, Landi MT, McKay JD, Brossard M, Iles MM, Law MH, MacGregor S, Beesley J, Jones MR, Tyrer J, Winham SJ, Klein AP, Petersen G, Li D, Wolpin BM, Eeles RA, Haiman CA, Kote-Jarai Z, Schumacher FR, Brennan P, Chanock SJ, Gaborieau V, Purdue MP, Pharoah P, Hung RJ, Amundadottir LT, Kraft P, Pasaniuc B, Lindström S

Large-scale cross-cancer fine-mapping of the 5p15.33 region reveals multiple independent signals.

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HGG Adv, 2 (3), 2021.

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Alarie S, Hagan J, Dalpé G, Faraji S, Mbuya-Bienge C, Nabi H, Pashayan N, Brooks JD, Dorval M, Chiquette J, Eloy L, Turgeon A, Lambert-Côté L, Paquette JS, Walker MJ, Lapointe J, Granados Moreno P, Blackmore K, Wolfson M, Broeders M, The Perspective I I Study Group , Knoppers BM, Chiarelli AM, Simard J, Joly Y

Risk-Stratified Approach to Breast Cancer Screening in Canada: Women's Knowledge of the Legislative Context and Concerns about Discrimination from Genetic and Other Predictive Health Data.

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J Pers Med, 11 (8), 2021.

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Nepomuceno TC, Carvalho MA, Rodrigue A, Simard J, Masson JY, Monteiro ANA

PALB2 Variants: Protein Domains and Cancer Susceptibility.

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Trends Cancer, 7 (3), 2021.

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Active projects

  • Chaire de recherche du Canada en oncogénétique, from 2015-03-01 to 2022-06-30
  • From correlation to causation in genomics: identifying mechanisms underlying disease, from 2015-07-01 to 2022-06-30
  • 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), from 2017-11-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Quand innovations technologique et organisationnelle vont de pair: Un modèle collaboratif pour rendre l'oncogénétique plus agile, accessible et efficiente, from 2020-04-01 to 2022-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Breast Cancer Risk after Diagnostic Gene Sequencing (BRIDGES), from 2015-01-09 to 2020-01-08
  • Breast CAncer STratification: understanding the determinants of risk and prognosis of molecular subtypes (B-CAST), from 2015-01-09 to 2020-01-08
  • GE3LS Network in genomics and personalized health, from 2016-01-01 to 2019-12-31
  • Impacts of evolving demography and socio-economic status on assessment of genetic risks, from 2017-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Journée de la recherche de la Faculté de médecine, from 2010-11-24 to 2020-03-31
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