Feature of the Month - Canada
Mobi-Kids in Canada is coordinated by Dr. Daniel Krewski, national PI, and Ms Charmaine Mohipp, national fieldwork coordinator, at the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver and the Cancer Care Ontario agency in Toronto.
The study is conducted in three metropolitan areas: Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver (see map below). The mission of the McLaughlin Centre is to build an academic program of excellence in research and training in population health risk studies, and to play a leadership role in developing effective population health risk management strategies and policies in Canada and abroad. Working with its partners, the ultimate goal of the Centre is to contribute to the enhancement of the health status of the Canadian population through effective risk management decision making.
Q & A
- How did your centre become involved in MOBI-Kids?
- Are you involved with more than fieldwork? If so, please provide a short explanation.
- Why do you think MOBI-Kids is an important study?
- Daniel Krewski, National Principal Investigator
- Franco Momoli, Regional Investigator for Ottawa
- Charmaine Mohipp, National Fieldwork Coordinator
- John Spinelli, Regional Investigator for Vancouver
John is the Head of Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. He is the principal investigator for the BC Generations Project, part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, the largest health study ever undertaken in Canada. Dr. Spinelli's primary research focus is on the identification of environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between genes and the environment, particularly for lymphoproliferative malignancies (lymphoma and myeloma) and breast cancer. He is also active in the development of statistical methodology for epidemiology and other areas of health research.
- Agnes Lai, Regional Coordinator for Vancouver
Agnes received a MSc in Interdisciplinary Oncology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and joined the MOBI-Kids team in 2011. Agnes has managed multiple epidemiologic studies related to lymphatic and hematopoietic cancers, breast cancer, and systematic reviews in the Department of Cancer Control Research of the BC Cancer Agency for 15 years.
- Paul Ritvo, Regional Investigator for Toronto
Paul is a clinical psychologist, a Senior Scientist in Research, Prevention and Cancer Control, at Cancer Care Ontario and an Associate Professor, at York University. His interests in neurophysiological health, cancer prevention and smartphone-cellphone interventions have merged together in the Mobi-Kids project. Technological trends towards more wireless devices used as communication - information tools has motivated an ongoing interest in electromagnetic radiation exposures.
- Tina Changoor, Regional Investigator for Toronto