Jacques Simard is currently Vice-Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine, and since 2001, he has held a Canada Research Chair in Oncogenetics. He is Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Laval University’s School of Medicine, and since 1990, has been a scientist at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) – Université Laval Research Center.

He is the author of more than 500 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. Professor Simard’s international reach and influence can be best exemplified in his heading, since 2001, one of the largest interdisciplinary and international research teams on genetic susceptibility to breast cancer guided by open science principles. He has had a leadership role in large-scale international studies focused on deciphering the genetic architecture of breast cancer, which have provided the long-awaited vital knowledge to develop personalized risk assessment tools to improve prevention and early detection of the disease. 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 (2008-2013). The establishment of this international team has allowed Professor Simard to pursue numerous collaborations allowing him to accelerate the development of his oncogenetics research activities. Indeed, his close collaborations 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 whom would benefit most from a better adapted clinical follow-up.

From 2013-2018 Professor Simard was principal investigator (Bartha M Knoppers co-lead ) of a large-scale interdisciplinary project funded by Génome Québec/Genome Canada/CIHR/Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation 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 was 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. 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.

He currently leads (co-lead Anna M. Chiarelli / 2018-2022) a related large-scale project entitled Personalized Risk Assessment for Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer: Integration and Implementation (PERSPECTIVE I&I). One of the major goals of this project is the development of a framework to support implementation of a personalized risk-based approach to breast cancer screening. This study uses the risk stratification tools, already developed by his team in the context of PERSPECTIVE, to generate real-world evidence on acceptability, uptake and cost-effectiveness of risk-based screening also address socio-ethical and legal issues. Two other major components of this project are 1: the identification and validation of novel moderate to high-risk breast cancer susceptibility genes and 2: the improvement, validation, and adaptation of a risk prediction web-tool for the Canadian context.

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Dareng EO, Tyrer JP, Barnes DR, Jones MR, Yang X, Aben KKH, Adank MA, Agata S, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Aravantinos G, Arun BK, Augustinsson A, Balmaña J, Bandera EV, Barkardottir RB, Barrowdale D, Beckmann MW, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bernardini MQ, Bjorge L, Black A, Bogdanova NV, Bonanni B, Borg A, Brenton JD, Budzilowska A, Butzow R, Buys SS, Cai H, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Cannioto R, Cassingham H, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Chen K, Chiew YE, Chung WK, Claes KBM, Colonna S, , , , Cook LS, Couch FJ, Daly MB, Dao F, Davies E, de la Hoya M, de Putter R, Dennis J, DePersia A, Devilee P, Diez O, Ding YC, Doherty JA, Domchek SM, Dörk T, du Bois A, Dürst M, Eccles DM, Eliassen HA, Engel C, Evans GD, Fasching PA, Flanagan JM, Fortner RT, Machackova E, Friedman E, Ganz PA, Garber J, Gensini F, Giles GG, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goodman MT, Greene MH, Gronwald J, , , Hahnen E, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hamann U, Hansen TVO, Harris HR, Hartman M, Heitz F, Hildebrandt MAT, Høgdall E, Høgdall CK, Hopper JL, Huang RY, Huff C, Hulick PJ, Huntsman DG, Imyanitov EN, , , Isaacs C, Jakubowska A, James PA, Janavicius R, Jensen A, Johannsson OT, John EM, Jones ME, Kang D, Karlan BY, Karnezis A, Kelemen LE, Khusnutdinova E, Kiemeney LA, Kim BG, Kjaer SK, Komenaka I, Kupryjanczyk J, Kurian AW, Kwong A, Lambrechts D, Larson MC, Lazaro C, Le ND, Leslie G, Lester J, Lesueur F, Levine DA, Li L, Li J, Loud JT, Lu KH, Lubiński J, Mai PL, Manoukian S, Marks JR, Matsuno RK, Matsuo K, May T, McGuffog L, McLaughlin JR, McNeish IA, Mebirouk N, Menon U, Miller A, Milne RL, Minlikeeva A, Modugno F, Montagna M, Moysich KB, Munro E, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Yie JNY, Nielsen HR, Nielsen FC, Nikitina-Zake L, Odunsi K, Offit K, Olah E, Olbrecht S, Olopade OI, Olson SH, Olsson H, Osorio A, Papi L, Park SK, Parsons MT, Pathak H, Pedersen IS, Peixoto A, Pejovic T, Perez-Segura P, Permuth JB, Peshkin B, Peterlongo P, Piskorz A, Prokofyeva D, Radice P, Rantala J, Riggan MJ, Risch HA, Rodriguez-Antona C, Ross E, Rossing MA, Runnebaum I, Sandler DP, Santamariña M, Soucy P, Schmutzler RK, Setiawan VW, Shan K, Sieh W, Simard J, Singer CF, Sokolenko AP, Song H, Southey MC, Steed H, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sutphen R, Swerdlow AJ, Tan YY

Correction: Polygenic risk modeling for prediction of epithelial ovarian cancer risk

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Eur J Hum Genet, 30 (5), 2022.

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Ahmed S, Lévesque E, Garland R, Knoppers B, Dorval M, Simard J, Loiselle CG

Women's perceptions of PERSPECTIVE: a breast cancer risk stratification e-platform

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Hered Cancer Clin Pract, 20 (1), 2022.

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Dennis J, Tyrer JP, Walker LC, Michailidou K, Dorling L, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Ahearn TU, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Freeman LEB, Beckmann MW, Behrens S, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Brenner H, Castelao JE, Chang-Claude J, Chenevix-Trench G, Clarke CL, , Collée JM, , Couch FJ, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Devilee P, Dörk T, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Eriksson M, Evans DG, Fasching PA, Figueroa J, Fletcher O, Flyger H, Fritschi L, Gabrielson M, Gago-Dominguez M, García-Closas M, Giles GG, González-Neira A, Guénel P, Hahnen E, Haiman CA, Hall P, Hollestelle A, Hoppe R, Hopper JL, Howell A, , , Jager A, Jakubowska A, John EM, Johnson N, Jones ME, Jung A, Kaaks R, Keeman R, Khusnutdinova E, Kitahara CM, Ko YD, Kosma VM, Koutros S, Kraft P, Kristensen VN, Kubelka-Sabit K, Kurian AW, Lacey JV, Lambrechts D, Larson NL, Linet M, Ogrodniczak A, Mannermaa A, Manoukian S, Margolin S, Mavroudis D, Milne RL, Muranen TA, Murphy RA, Nevanlinna H, Olson JE, Olsson H, Park-Simon TW, Perou CM, Peterlongo P, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Pylkäs K, Rennert G, Saloustros E, Sandler DP, Sawyer EJ, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Shibli R, Smeets A, Soucy P, Southey MC, Swerdlow AJ, Tamimi RM, Taylor JA, Teras LR, Terry MB, Tomlinson I, Troester MA, Truong T, Vachon CM, Wendt C, Winqvist R, Wolk A, Yang XR, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Simard J, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, Easton DF

Rare germline copy number variants (CNVs) and breast cancer risk

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Commun Biol, 5 (1), 2022.

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Dareng EO, Tyrer JP, Barnes DR, Jones MR, Yang X, Aben KKH, Adank MA, Agata S, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Aravantinos G, Arun BK, Augustinsson A, Balmaña J, Bandera EV, Barkardottir RB, Barrowdale D, Beckmann MW, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bernardini MQ, Bjorge L, Black A, Bogdanova NV, Bonanni B, Borg A, Brenton JD, Budzilowska A, Butzow R, Buys SS, Cai H, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Cannioto R, Cassingham H, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Chen K, Chiew YE, Chung WK, Claes KBM, Colonna S, , , , Cook LS, Couch FJ, Daly MB, Dao F, Davies E, de la Hoya M, de Putter R, Dennis J, DePersia A, Devilee P, Diez O, Ding YC, Doherty JA, Domchek SM, Dörk T, du Bois A, Dürst M, Eccles DM, Eliassen HA, Engel C, Evans GD, Fasching PA, Flanagan JM, Fortner RT, Machackova E, Friedman E, Ganz PA, Garber J, Gensini F, Giles GG, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goodman MT, Greene MH, Gronwald J, , , Hahnen E, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hamann U, Hansen TVO, Harris HR, Hartman M, Heitz F, Hildebrandt MAT, Høgdall E, Høgdall CK, Hopper JL, Huang RY, Huff C, Hulick PJ, Huntsman DG, Imyanitov EN, , , Isaacs C, Jakubowska A, James PA, Janavicius R, Jensen A, Johannsson OT, John EM, Jones ME, Kang D, Karlan BY, Karnezis A, Kelemen LE, Khusnutdinova E, Kiemeney LA, Kim BG, Kjaer SK, Komenaka I, Kupryjanczyk J, Kurian AW, Kwong A, Lambrechts D, Larson MC, Lazaro C, Le ND, Leslie G, Lester J, Lesueur F, Levine DA, Li L, Li J, Loud JT, Lu KH, Lubiński J, Mai PL, Manoukian S, Marks JR, Matsuno RK, Matsuo K, May T, McGuffog L, McLaughlin JR, McNeish IA, Mebirouk N, Menon U, Miller A, Milne RL, Minlikeeva A, Modugno F, Montagna M, Moysich KB, Munro E, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Yie JNY, Nielsen HR, Nielsen FC, Nikitina-Zake L, Odunsi K, Offit K, Olah E, Olbrecht S, Olopade OI, Olson SH, Olsson H, Osorio A, Papi L, Park SK, Parsons MT, Pathak H, Pedersen IS, Peixoto A, Pejovic T, Perez-Segura P, Permuth JB, Peshkin B, Peterlongo P, Piskorz A, Prokofyeva D, Radice P, Rantala J, Riggan MJ, Risch HA, Rodriguez-Antona C, Ross E, Rossing MA, Runnebaum I, Sandler DP, Santamariña M, Soucy P, Schmutzler RK, Setiawan VW, Shan K, Sieh W, Simard J, Singer CF, Sokolenko AP, Song H, Southey MC, Steed H, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sutphen R, Swerdlow AJ, Tan YY

Polygenic risk modeling for prediction of epithelial ovarian cancer risk

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Eur J Hum Genet, 30 (3), 2022.

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Ahearn TU, Zhang H, Michailidou K, Milne RL, Bolla MK, Dennis J, Dunning AM, Lush M, Wang Q, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Auer PL, Augustinsson A, Baten A, Becher H, Behrens S, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Blomqvist C, Bojesen SE, Bonanni B, Børresen-Dale AL, Brauch H, Brenner H, Brooks-Wilson A, Brüning T, Burwinkel B, Buys SS, Canzian F, Castelao JE, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Chenevix-Trench G, Clarke CL, , Collée JM, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Daly MB, Devilee P, Dörk T, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Evans DG, Fasching PA, Figueroa J, Floris G, Gago-Dominguez M, Gapstur SM, García-Sáenz JA, Gaudet MM, Giles GG, Goldberg MS, González-Neira A, Alnæs GIG, Grip M, Guénel P, Haiman CA, Hall P, Hamann U, Harkness EF, Heemskerk-Gerritsen BAM, Holleczek B, Hollestelle A, Hooning MJ, Hoover RN, Hopper JL, Howell A, , , Jakimovska M, Jakubowska A, John EM, Jones ME, Jung A, Kaaks R, Kauppila S, Keeman R, Khusnutdinova E, Kitahara CM, Ko YD, Koutros S, Kristensen VN, Krüger U, Kubelka-Sabit K, Kurian AW, Kyriacou K, Lambrechts D, Lee DG, Lindblom A, Linet M, Lissowska J, Llaneza A, Lo WY, MacInnis RJ, Mannermaa A, Manoochehri M, Margolin S, Martinez ME, McLean C, Meindl A, Menon U, Nevanlinna H, Newman WG, Nodora J, Offit K, Olsson H, Orr N, Park-Simon TW, Patel AV, Peto J, Pita G, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Prentice R, Punie K, Pylkäs K, Radice P, Rennert G, Romero A, Rüdiger T, Saloustros E, Sampson S, Sandler DP, Sawyer EJ, Schmutzler RK, Schoemaker MJ, Schöttker B, Sherman ME, Shu XO, Smichkoska S, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Swerdlow AJ, Tamimi RM, Tapper WJ, Taylor JA, Teras LR, Terry MB, Torres D, Troester MA, Vachon CM, van Deurzen CHM, van Veen EM, Wagner P, Weinberg CR, Wendt C, Wesseling J, Winqvist R, Wolk A, Yang XR, Zheng W, Couch FJ, Simard J, Kraft P, Easton DF, Pharoah PDP, Schmidt MK, García-Closas M, Chatterjee N

Common variants in breast cancer risk loci predispose to distinct tumor subtypes

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Breast Cancer Res, 24 (1), 2022.

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Ho WK, Tai MC, Dennis J, Shu X, Li J, Ho PJ, Millwood IY, Lin K, Jee YH, Lee SH, Mavaddat N, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Michailidou K, Long J, Wijaya EA, Hassan T, Rahmat K, Tan VKM, Tan BKT, Tan SM, Tan EY, Lim SH, Gao YT, Zheng Y, Kang D, Choi JY, Han W, Lee HB, Kubo M, Okada Y, Namba S, , Park SK, Kim SW, Shen CY, Wu PE, Park B, Muir KR, Lophatananon A, Wu AH, Tseng CC, Matsuo K, Ito H, Kwong A, Chan TL, John EM, Kurian AW, Iwasaki M, Yamaji T, Kweon SS, Aronson KJ, Murphy RA, Koh WP, Khor CC, Yuan JM, Dorajoo R, Walters RG, Chen Z, Li L, Lv J, Jung KJ, Kraft P, Pharoah PDB, Dunning AM, Simard J, Shu XO, Yip CH, Taib NAM, Antoniou AC, Zheng W, Hartman M, Easton DF, Teo SH

Polygenic risk scores for prediction of breast cancer risk in Asian populations

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Genet Med, 24 (3), 2022.

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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 AF, Brennan P, Brewer C, Brunet J, Bucalo A, Buys SS, Caldés T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Cassingham H, Christensen LL, 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, Ding YC, Domchek SM, Donaldson A, Eason J, Eeles R, Engel C, Evans DG, 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, Jensen UB, 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, Pedersen IS, Peissel B, Perez-Segura P, Peterlongo P, Petersen AH, Pinto P, Porteous ME, Pottinger C, Pujana MA, Radice P, Ramser J, Rantala J, Robson M, Rogers MT, Rønlund K, Rump A, Sánchez de Abajo AM, Shah PD, Sharif S, Side LE, Singer CF, Stadler Z, Steele L, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sutter C, Tan YY, 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, 114 (1), 2022.

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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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  • Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l'intelligence artificielle et du numérique, from 2018-04-01 to 2024-03-31
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