Michel Alary obtained his M.D. from Université de Sherbrooke in 1974. After eight years of general practice, he redirected his career towards public health. He completed a Ph.D. in epidemiology at Laval University, Quebec, in 1991. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Peter Piot (the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, and the founding executive director of UNAIDS from 1995 to 2008, and recipient of the Gairdner Global Health Award in 2015) in Antwerp, Belgium, he became professor of epidemiology at Laval University in 1992, and is also involved with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Most of his academic career has been devoted to epidemiologic and prevention research on HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections among the most vulnerable populations, particularly female sex workers and their male sexual partners in West Africa and India, as well as intravenous drug users and men who have sex with men in Canada.

Michel Alary has obtained funding for 93 research projects for a total of over $75 million, including 64 projects as principal investigator (approximately $50 million). He has published 236 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and over 650 conference abstracts. He has been an invited speaker on 106 occasions. He has produced major reports for the World Bank and UNAIDS on the HIV epidemiologic situation and response towards this epidemic in the most vulnerable populations for all of sub-Saharan Africa. He received the Mark Wainberg Lecturer Award from the Canadian Association for HIV Research in recognition of his outstanding contributions and advocacy in advancing HIV/AIDS research in Canada, and internationally. He also received the Diamond Award for clinical research from the CHU de Québec in 2014 for the excellence of his public health research work in India. He received the 2015 Researcher Emeritus Award from the Quebec network on population health research. In September 2016, he was nominated as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is currently the Director of the Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Research axis in the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec – Université Laval, which includes over 90 researchers, 200 graduate students, and 175 staff members.

Finally, Michel Alary has been the principle supervisor of over 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to having acted as co-director or evaluator of an additional 15 graduate students. Almost all these students completed their Master’s or Ph.D. thesis on topics related to global health and approximately 80% of them were from low- and middle-income countries. Most of his research projects also include knowledge transfer components towards communities, clinicians, public health practitioners, and decision-makers.

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Poulin C, Courtemanche Y, Serhir B, Alary M

Tattooing in prison: a risk factor for HCV infection among inmates in the Quebec's provincial correctional system.

Journal Article

Ann Epidemiol, 28 (4), pp. 231-235, 2018, ISSN: 1047-2797.

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Maheu-Giroux M, Baral S, Vesga JF, Diouf D, Diabate S, Alary M, Abo K, Boily MC

Anal Intercourse Among Female Sex Workers in Côte d'Ivoire: Prevalence, Determinants, and Model-Based Estimates of the Population-Level Impact on HIV Transmission.

Journal Article

Am J Epidemiol, 187 (2), pp. 287-297, 2018, ISSN: 0002-9262.

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Affolabi D, Goma E, Sogbo F, Ahotin G, Orekan J, Massou F, Behanzin L, Guedou F, Alary M

Antimicrobial susceptibility profile of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated in Cotonou, Benin (2015-2017).

Journal Article

Sex Transm Infect, 94 (1), pp. 20, 2018, ISSN: 1368-4973.

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Campeau L, Blouin K, Leclerc P, Alary M, Morissette C, Blanchette C, Serhir B, Roy E, SurvUDI Working Group

Impact of sex work on risk behaviours and their association with HIV positivity among people who inject drugs in Eastern Central Canada: cross-sectional results from an open cohort study.

Journal Article

BMJ Open, 8 (1), pp. e019388, 2018.

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Diabate S, Chamberland A, Geraldo N, Tremblay C, Alary M

Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and HIV incidence among female sex workers in Cotonou, Benin: A longitudinal study.

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PLoS ONE, 13 (5), pp. e0197251, 2018.

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Active projects

  • 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
  • HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men : A Multisite Study and Development of New HIV Prevention Interventions, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention d'équipe : La santé des garçons et des hommes, from 2014-11-01 to 2019-10-30
  • The National CIHR Hepatisis C Network (NCHCN), Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Programme de subvention d'équipe, from 2015-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Vers des approches plus efficientes en prévention du VIH et en santé reproductive au travers une approche d’équité en santé: programme de recherche interventionnelle chez les femmes travailleuses du sexe en Afrique de l’Ouest., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subventions Fondation, from 2015-07-01 to 2022-06-30

Recently finished projects

  • Compute / Calcul Canada, Partenariat, Fondation Canadienne pour l'innovation (La), Programme des initiatives scientifiques majeures (ISM), from 2012-04-01 to 2017-03-31
  • Early antiretroviral therapy and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among female sex workers in Benin, Subvention, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Global Health, from 2014-02-01 to 2017-01-31
Data provided by the Université Laval research projects registery