Michel Dorval is a Full Professor at the Laval University Faculty of Pharmacy, and scientist at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Axe Oncologie. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology (1984) and a Doctorate in Epidemiology (1997) from Laval University, complemented by postdoctoral training from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard Medical School) thanks to a Terry Fox Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada. From 1999 to 2011, he has constantly held research career awards (Junior I, Junior II, Senior) from the Fonds de la recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQS).

Since the mid 90’s, his research has focused on the psychosocial issues related to hereditary and familial breast cancer. From 2001 to 2007, he led the psychosocial component of the research program INHERIT BRCAs (Interdisciplinary Health Research International Team on Breast Cancer Susceptibility), which was then funded in 2008 as a CIHR team working on the familial risks of breast cancer. Using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches, his team highlighted the relevance of providing psychosocial support to women tested for a genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers and demonstrated the importance of providing continuing medical education on hereditary cancers to primary care physicians.

In 2012, his work led to the creation of the Centre ROSE (Ressources en Oncogénétique pour le Soutien et l’Éducation), which he co-founded with his colleague Dr. Jocelyne Chiquette thanks to funding from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. The Centre ROSE‘s mission is to inform and support people with an inherited cancer risk, and to provide education on hereditary cancers to healthcare professionals, based on evidence. Since 2015, the Centre ROSE has evolved into the Réseau ROSE (Network) by adding satellites in the Montreal, Saguenay-Lac St-Jean, and Lower Saint-Lawrence regions. Since its creation, the Centre ROSE has received various awards, including Hommage aux Innovations Sociales from Laval University (2014), the Community Innovation Award of Excellence from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (2016), and the Health Promotion and Prevention Award from the Direction générale de cancérologie du Québec (2016).

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Cleophat JE, Nabi H, Pelletier S, Bouchard K, Dorval M

What characterizes cancer family history collection tools? A critical literature review.

Journal Article

Curr Oncol, 25 (4), pp. e335-e350, 2018, ISSN: 1198-0052.

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Santerre-Theil A, Bouchard K, St-Pierre D, Drolet AM, Chiquette J, Dorval M, Centre ROSE

Development of a Tool to Guide Parents Carrying a BRCA1/2 Mutation Share Genetic Results with Underage Children.

Journal Article

J Cancer Educ, 33 (3), pp. 569-575, 2018, ISSN: 0885-8195.

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Blouin-Bougie J, Amara N, Bouchard K, Simard J, Dorval M

Disentangling the determinants of interest and willingness-to-pay for breast cancer susceptibility testing in the general population: a cross-sectional Web-based survey among women of Québec (Canada).

Journal Article

BMJ Open, 8 (2), pp. e016662, 2018.

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St-Pierre D, Bouchard K, Gauthier L, Chiquette J, Dorval M, Centre ROSE

Perspectives of Women Considering Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy and their Peers towards a Telephone-Based Peer Support Intervention.

Journal Article

J Genet Couns, 27 (1), pp. 274-288, 2018, ISSN: 1059-7700.

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Gonthier C, Pelletier S, Gagnon P, Marin A, Chiquette J, Gagnon B, Roy L, Cleophat JE, Joly Y, Dorval M

Issues related to family history of cancer at the end of life: a palliative care providers' survey.

Journal Article

Fam Cancer, 17 (2), pp. 303-307, 2018, ISSN: 1389-9600.

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Active projects

  • Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 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
  • 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
  • Préférences sociétales concernant la divulgation des découvertes fortuites issues de la génomique clinique : Perspectives de patients atteints de cancer et de la population générale, Subvention, Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada, Programme Savoir : Subventions de développement Savoir, from 2017-06-01 to 2019-05-31

Recently finished projects

  • Détresse et satisfactions face au processus informationnel et décisionnel lors d'un cancer de la prostate localisé, Subvention, Fondation de l'Université Laval, from 2017-02-01 to 2018-03-31
  • Développement d'une intervention offerte en pharmacie communautaire visant à favoriser l'adhésion à l'hormonothérapie adjuvante chez les femmes ayant eu un cancer du sein, Subvention, Fondation de l'Université Laval, from 2017-02-01 to 2018-03-31
  • Élaboration d'une stratégie de dissémination des connaissances sur les cancers familiaux dans le contexte des soins palliatifs fondée sur une analyse éthico-légale des points de vue des intervenants des familles, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Recherches sur le cancer, from 2015-09-01 to 2018-08-31
  • 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
  • Réseau R.O.S.E., Subvention, Fondation du cancer du sein du Québec, from 2015-08-01 to 2018-07-31
  • Soutien aux femmes nouvellement métastatiques d'un cancer du sein, Subvention, Fondation du cancer du sein du Québec, from 2015-06-01 to 2018-05-31
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