Clinical Professor
M.Sc. Industrial Hygiene (1987) University of Washington, Ph.D. Epidemiology (1991) University of Washington
Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario
505 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3
phone: 4162171274

Paul Demers is the Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre in Toronto. He is also the Scientific Director of CAREX Canada, a workplace and environmental carcinogen surveillance program, a Clinical Professor with SPPH at UBC and a Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He moved to Toronto in 2010 and prior to that was a Professor and the Director of the School of Environmental Health at UBC.

Paul’s research has focused on occupational and environmental cancer, lung disease, and heart disease. In addition, he has an interest in both occupational carcinogen and cancer surveillance. He has been a member of many national and international expert panels dealing with occupational and environmental cancer for organizations such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the Health Effects Institutethe Canadian Cancer Society, and the Royal Society of Canada.

ACGIH 2013 Jeff Lee Award (for service)

In the past:
SPPH 530 Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
SPPH 515 Surveillance
OCCH 507 Research methods in Exposure Assessment and Epidemiology
OCCH 511 Occupational Health and Illness Processes

Graduate Students
Member of PhD Committee
Sarah Neil, SPPH PhD Student
Cheryl Peters, SPPH PhD Student
Andrea Griffiths, SPPH PhD Student
Tina Giles-Murphy, Memorial University of Newfoundland PHD Student
PhD Supervisor
Jeavana Sritharan, University of Toronto PhD Student

Hohenadel K, Raj P, Demers PA, Zahm, SH, Blair A. The inclusion of women in studies of occupational cancer: A review of the epidemiologic literature from 1991-2009. Am J Indust Med (in press 4/14).
Jones MK, Harris MA, Peters PA, Tjepkema M, Demers PA. Prostate Cancer and Occupational Exposure to Whole-body Vibration in a National Population-based Cohort Study. Am J Indust Med (in press 4/14).
Consonni D, De Matteis S, Pesatori AC, Bertazzi PA, Olsson AC, Kromhout H, Peters S, Vermeulen RCH, Pesch B, Brüning T, Kendzia B, Behrens T, Stücker I, Guida F, Wichmann HE, Brüske I, Landi MT, Caporaso NE, Gustavsson P, Plato N, Ah Tse L, Tak-sun Yu I, Jöckel KH, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Simonato L, Forastiere F, Siemiatycki J, Parent ME, Tardón A, Boffetta P, Zaridze D, Chen Y, Field JK, ‘t Mannetje A, Pearce N, McLaughlin J, Demers P, Lissowska J, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Bencko V, ForetovaL, Janout V, Rudnai P, Fabiánová E, Dumitru RS, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Schüz J, Straif K. Lung cancer risk among bricklayers in a pooled analysis of case-control studies. Int J Cancer (Accepted 4/14).
Le ND, Leung A, Brooks-Wilson A, Gallagher RP, Swenerton KD, Demers PA, Cook LS. Occupational Exposure and Ovarian Cancer Risk. Cancer Causes Controls Published on-line April 2014, doi:10.1007/s10552-014-0384-4.
Hon C-Y,Teschke K,Demers PA, Venners S. Antineoplastic Drug Contamination on the Hands of Employees Working Throughout the Hospital Medication System. Ann Occup Hyg 2014; doi: 10.1093/annhyg/meu019
Pukkala E, Martinsen JI, Weiderpass E, Kjaerheim K, Lynge E, Sparén P, Demers PA. Cancer Incidence among Nordic Firefighters. Scand J Work Environ Health 2014;71:398-404.
Hardt J, Vermeulen R, Peters S, Kromhout H, McLaughlin JR, Demers PA. A comparison of exposure assessment approaches: Lung cancer and occupational asbestos exposure in a population-based case-control study. Occup Environ Med (Epub ahead of print 2013 Dec 11).
Hystad P, Brauer M, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Setton E, Cervantes-Larios A, Poplawski K, McFarlane A, Whitehead A, Nicol AM. Geographic Variation in Radon and Associated Lung Cancer Risk in Canada. Can J Public Health 2014;105(1):e4-e10.
Hall AL, Peters CE, Demers PA, Nicol AM, Davies HW. Occupational exposures to antineoplastic drugs and ionizing radiation in Canadian veterinary settings: findings from a national surveillance project. Can J Public Health 2013;104(7):460-65.
Raj P, Hohenadel K, Demers PA, Zahm, SH, Blair A. Recent Trends in Published Occupational Cancer Epidemiological Research: Results from a Comprehensive Review of the Literature. Am J Indust Med 2014:57(3):259-64.
Hystad P, Carpiano RM, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Brauer M. Neighbourhood socioeconomic status and individual lung cancer risk: Evaluating long-term exposure measures and mediating mechanisms. Soc Sci Med 2013;97:95-103.
Kendzia B, Behrens T, Jöckel KH, Siemiatycki J, Kromhout H, Vermeulen R, Peters S, Van Gelder R, Olsson A, Brüske I, Wichmann HE, Stücker I, Guida F, Tardón A, Merletti F, Mirabelli D, Richiardi L, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Consonni D, Zaridze D, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Gustavsson P, Field JK, Fabianova E, ‘t Mannetje A, Pearce N, Tse S, Yu I, Rudnai P, Bencko V, Janout V, Mates D, Foretova L, Forastiere F, Benhamou S, McLaughlin J, Demers P, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Boffetta P, Schüz J, Straif K, Pesch B, Brüning T. Welding and Lung Cancer in a Pooled Analysis of Case-Control Studies. Am J Epidemiol 2013;178(10):1513-25.
Behrens T, Kendzia B, Treppmann T, Olsson A, Jöckel KH, Gustavsson P, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, Brüske I, Wichmann HE, Merletti F, Mirabelli D, Richiardi L, Simonato L, Zaridze D, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Rudnai P, Lissowska J, Fabianova E, Tardón A, Field J, Stanescu Dumitru R, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Siemiatycki J, Parent ME, McLaughlin J, Demers P, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Kromhout H, Vermeulen R, Peters S, Benhamou S, Stücker I, Guida F, Consonni D, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, ‘t Mannetje A, Pearce N, Ah Tse L, Tak-sun Yu I, Plato N, Boffetta P, Straif K, Schüz J, Pesch B, Brüning T. Lung cancer risk among bakers, pastry and confectionary makers: the SYNERGY study. Occup Environ Med 2013;70:810-14.
Del Bianco A, Demers PA. The Examination of Compensated Occupational Cancer Fatality Trends in Canada. Can Med Assoc J Open 2013;1:E91-E96; published online September 12, 2013, doi:10.9778/cmajo.20130015.
Olsson AC, Xu Y, Schüz J, Vlaanderen J, Pesch B, Kendzia B, Stücker I, Guida F, Brüske I, Wichmann HE, Consonni D, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Tse LA, Tak-sun Yu I, Siemiatycki J, Lavoué J, Mirabelli D, Richiardi L, Simonato L, Gustavsson P, Plato N, Jöckel KH, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Tardón A, Zaridze D, Marcus MW, ‘t Mannetje A, Pearce N, McLaughlin J, Demers PA, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Rudnai P, Fabianova E, Stanescu Dumitru R, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Boffetta P, Benhamou S, Fortes C, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Peters S, Vermeulen R, Kromhout H, Brüning T, Straif K. Lung cancer risk among hairdressers – a pooled analysis of case-control studies conducted between 1985 and 2010. Am J Epidemiol 2013;178(9):1355-65.
Navaranjan G, Hohenadel K, Blair A, Demers PA, Spinelli JJ, Pahwa P, McLaughlin JR, Dosman JA, Ritter L, Harris SA, Exposures to multiple pesticides and the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma in Canadian men. Cancer Causes Control 2013;2013;24:1661-73.
Labrèche F, Duguay P, Ostiguy C, Boucher A, Roberge B, Peters CE, Demers PA. Estimating occupational exposure to carcinogens in Quebec: a multi-tiered approach. Am J Indust Med 2013;56:1040-50.
Hystad P, Demers PA, Johnson KC, Brauer M. Long-Term Residential Exposure to Air Pollution and Lung Cancer Risk: A Population-based Case-Control Study in Canada. Epidemiology 2013;24:762-72.
Hon CY, Venners S, Demers PA, Teschke K. Antineoplastic drug contamination of surfaces throughout the hospital medication system in Canadian hospitals. J Occup Environ Hyg 2013;10(7):374-83.
De Vocht F, Northgate C, Money C, Cherrie JW, Rajan-Sithamparanarajah B, Egegh P, Niven K, Demers P, Van Tongeren M. The Future of Exposure Assessment: Perspectives from the X2012 Conference. Ann Occup Hyg 2013;57: 280-285.
Kachuri L, Demers PA, Blair A, Spinelli JJ, Pahwa M, McLaughlin JR, Pahwa P, Dosman JA, Harris SA. Multiple pesticide exposures and the risk of multiple myeloma in Canadian men. Int J of Cancer 2013;133(8):1846-58.
Setton EM, Hystad PW, Poplawski K, Cheasley R, Cervantes-Larios A, C. Keller P, Demers PA. Risk-based indicators of Canadians’ exposures to environmental carcinogens. Environ Health 2013;12(1):15. [Epub ahead of print].
Gorman Ng M, Stjernberg E, Koehoorn M, Demers PA, Winters M, Davies HW. Fertilizer use and self reported respiratory and dermal symptoms among tree planters. J Occup Env Hyg 2013;10(1):36-45.

I am involved in many studies of cancer including case-control studies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer, as well as a cohort study of uranium miners. I am involved in several large occupational cancer and carcinogen surveillance projects as well as CAREX Canada. We also have a large, national burden of cancer, as well as many other projects at our Centre. Please visit http:\ for more information.