Dr. Paul Demers

Occupational Cancer Research Centre

Dr. Paul Demers is the director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre in Toronto, based at Cancer Care Ontario. He is also a senior scientist in prevention, screening and cancer control at Cancer Care Ontario; a professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto; and a clinical professor with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

Demers is internationally recognized for his expertise on the health effects of workplace exposures and sits on many expert panels, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working groups that evaluated carcinogens such as dusts and fibres, firefighting and formaldehyde. He has extensive research experience and accomplishments, including his leadership of a national program known as CAREX Canada, a workplace and environmental exposure database.

Demers has an MSc in industrial hygiene and a PhD in epidemiology, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. Over his academic career, he has held numerous research grants, supervised many graduate students and has published extensively.

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