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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Evaluation of two staging systems for HIV infection for use in developing countriesJournal Article
AIDS, 7 (12), 1993.
Clinical algorithms for the screening of women for gonococcal and chlamydial infection: evaluation of pregnant women and prostitutes in ZaireJournal Article
Clin Infect Dis, 17 (1), 1993.
Factors contributing to the contamination of hospital water distribution systems by legionellaeJournal Article
J Infect Dis, 165 (3), 1992.
Comparison of culture methods and an immunofluorescence assay for the detection of Legionella pneumophila in domestic hot water devicesJournal Article
Curr Microbiol, 25 (1), 1992.
[Major measles epidemic in the region of Quebec despite a 99% vaccine coverage]Journal Article
Can J Public Health, 82 (3), 1991.
Gonorrhea and chlamydial infection: comparison of contact tracing performed by physicians or by a specialized serviceJournal Article
Can J Public Health, 82 (2), 1991.
Risk factors for contamination of domestic hot water systems by legionellaeJournal Article
Appl Environ Microbiol, 57 (8), 1991.
Risk factors for HIV seropositivity among people consulting for HIV antibody testing: a pilot surveillance study in QuebecJournal Article
CMAJ, 143 (1), 1990.
An outbreak of Campylobacter enteritis associated with a community water supplyJournal Article
Can J Public Health, 81 (4), 1990.
Incidence of four sexually transmitted diseases in a rural community: a prospective studyJournal Article
Am J Epidemiol, 130 (3), 1989.
- Prévention du cancer du col de l’utérus en Côte d’Ivoire, Afrique de l’Ouest : Évaluation de l’efficacité du vaccin quadrivalent, from 2023-04-01 to 2025-03-31
Recently finished projects
- Antiretroviral-based HIV prevention and its impact on sexual risk behaviours and HIV/STIs among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men: Engage Cohort Study, from 2019-04-01 to 2023-03-31
- Canadian Immunization Research Network, from 2014-06-01 to 2021-12-31
- The National CIHR Hepatisis C Network (NCHCN), from 2015-04-01 to 2021-10-31
- 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., from 2015-07-01 to 2022-06-30