March 27, 2014
Laurie Chan is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (I) in Toxicology and Environmental Health at the University of Ottawa. He is also the Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics (CAREG). He was formerly the holder of the Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health and was a Professor at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia from 2006 to 2011. Professor Chan also held one of the six NSERC Northern Research Chairs between 2002 and 2006 at McGill University.
Professor Chan’s research in environmental and nutritional toxicology spans from the lab, developing new techniques for contaminant analysis, to participatory research in the community on the risk and benefits of traditional foods and impact of environmental change on food security. His research is supported by NSERC, CIHR, and various government departments. Professor Chan was involved in the drafting of the second edition of Tri-Council Human Research Ethics Guideline as well as the CIHR Guidelines for Health Research involving Aboriginal People. He is the Principal Investigator of two national projects on First Nations and Inuit food safety and environmental health.
Professor Chan has also served as an advisor for international and national governments and organizations and numerous Aboriginal communities on environmental health issues. Professor Chan was selected as a Fellow by the Leopold Leadership Program of Stanford University in 2008 and served on an expert panel on benefits and risks of fish consumption by the World Health Organization in 2010. Professor Chan has published over 140 scientific papers and supervised over 40 graduate students.