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  • Dr. Nathalie Saint-Jacques, PhD


Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University


Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program (NSCCP), Nova Scotia Health Authority, Dalhousie University

Research Interests:

Environmental health, spatial cancer epidemiology

Nathalie investigates the spatial and spatio-temporal dimensions of cancer-related outcomes within an environmental epidemiology framework. Her interests are in the application of innovative modeling approaches that account for real life complexities of health outcomes and the integration of these methods to produce results that inform public health and health policy. Recent research has included multidisciplinary studies of the risk of developing urinary tract cancer attributable to low-level arsenic exposure in Nova Scotia well drinking water, spanning the fields of epidemiology, health, physical geography and geospatial statistics. Nathalie’s research also focuses on developing and using socioeconomic deprivation indices as proxy measure to lifestyle choices such as smoking, an important risk factors in the development of several cancers. As a cancer epidemiologist at the NSCCP, Nathalie collaborates on projects relating to community-level inequality in cancer and cancer screening outcomes. Her long-term objectives include using small-area modeling to assess the joint distribution of cancers; how it plausibly relates to neighborhood socioeconomic profiling and the built environments and; how this knowledge could be used to inform cancer primary prevention strategies.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Nathalie Saint-Jacques is a BHCRI Associate Member



Room 560, Bethune Building, Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program, 1276 South Park Street Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 2Y9


Saint-Jacques N, Brown PE, Nauta L, Boxall J, Parker L, Dummer T JB. Estimating the risk of bladder and kidney cancer from exposure to low-levels arsenic in drinking water, Nova Scotia, Canada. Environmental International 2018; 110 : 95-104.

Lee J SW, Nguyen P, Brown PE, Stadfford J, Saint-Jacques N. A Local-EM algorithm for spatio-temporal analysis with aggregated data. Spatial Statistics  2017; 21 : 75-95.

Saint-Jacques N, Lee J SW, Brown PE, Stadfford J, Parker L, Dummer T JB. Small-area spatio-temporal analyses of bladder and kidney cancer risk in Nova Scotia, Canada. BMC Public Health 2016;16 :175.

Saint-Jacques N, Parker L, Cui, Y, Brown P, Dummer T JB. Premature mortality due to social and material deprivation in Nova Scotia, Canada. International Journal for Equity in Health 2014; 13:94.

Saint-Jacques N, Parker L, Brown P, Dummer T JB. Arsenic in drinking water and urinary tract cancers: a systematic review of 30 years of epidemiological evidence. Environmental Health  2014; 13 :44.

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